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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The 12th century Siamese twins called the Biddenden Maids are still remembered in the town sign, and the dole they established is still distributed annually
This 'Biddenden Dole' is distributed each year on Easter Monday, along with biscuits imprinted with a likeness of the Maids, to anyone who requests it. The Biddenden Maids were quite famous during their lifetimes, and are remembered in the village sign on the small, triangular green.
The village High Street is lined with some extremely attractive half-timbered medieval and Jacobean buildings, aligned on either side of a cobbled pavement. Many of these are old weavers cottages, as weaving was the core economic activity of this area of the Weald for many years. This clothing heritage is remembered in the impressive Cloth Hall, just north of the green.
The church of All Saints at Biddenden is mainly 13th and 14th century, with a collection of interesting memorial brasses.
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Address: Biddenden, Kent, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: The village of Biddenden is located on the A262, 5 miles east of Cranbrook
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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