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Southborough Common Kent

James Brunker | Sunlight and Shadows in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

Sunlight and Shadows in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

A late afternoon view of mature beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) in Whortleberry Wood on a sunny winter day. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald next to the small town of Southborough near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. Whortleberry Wood lies in the northwestern part of the Common and is noted for its large numbers of mature beeches.
James Brunker | Beech Trees in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

Beech Trees in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

A view of the mature beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) in Whortleberry Wood looking up against the sky on a sunny winter day. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald next to the small town of Southborough near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. Whortleberry Wood lies in the northwestern part of the Common and is noted for its large numbers of mature beeches.
James Brunker | Beech Trees in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

Beech Trees in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

A view of the mature beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) in Whortleberry Wood looking up against the sky on a sunny winter day. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald next to the small town of Southborough near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. Whortleberry Wood lies in the northwestern part of the Common and is noted for its large numbers of mature beeches.
James Brunker | Birch and Oak Trunks Southborough Common Kent

Birch and Oak Trunks Southborough Common Kent

Twisted silver birch (Betula pendula) and oak (Querus rober) tree trunks grow out of bramble plant undergrowth in deciduous woodland in Southborough Common, Kent in spring. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. Both the Wealdway and High Weald Walk footpaths pass through it, as do numerous local paths.
James Brunker | Beech Tree Roots in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

Beech Tree Roots in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

A view of the impressive buttress roots of a mature beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) in Whortleberry Wood in early spring. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald next to the small town of Southborough near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. The ditch bottom left is part of an ancient wood bank that dates back to mediaeval times. It was a manmade earthwork to separate the beech woods from an area of common grazing land and is a distinctive feature of the Common; over time rainfall and runoff has eroded it into a larger ditch / ravine.
James Brunker | Beech Tree Roots in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

Beech Tree Roots in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

A view of the impressive buttress roots of a mature beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) in Whortleberry Wood in early spring. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald next to the small town of Southborough near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. The ditch on the left is part of an ancient wood bank that dates back to mediaeval times. It was a manmade earthwork to separate the beech woods from an area of common grazing land and is a distinctive feature of the Common; over time rainfall and runoff has eroded it into a larger ditch / ravine.
James Brunker | Sheep Grazing Near Modest Corner Southborough Common Kent

Sheep Grazing Near Modest Corner Southborough Common Kent

A view across fields behind the hamlet of Modest Corner on the edge of Southborough Common near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. In mediaeval times this area was part of the extensive forests of the South Frith hunting estate; Modest Corner was one of the earliest communities that settled on the edge of the estate enjoying the rights granted on common land. When Tunbridge Wells became a popular spa town in the 17th century a camp was set up here for visitors.
James Brunker | Hand and Sceptre Hotel Southborough Common Kent

Hand and Sceptre Hotel Southborough Common Kent

A shot of the grand old oak tree next to the cricket pitch and the Hand and Sceptre Hotel on Southborough Common, Kent. The hotel was built in 1663 and became an inn in 1728, shortly before the ancient route that is now the A26 was officially designated as a turnpike road in 1765. The first officially recorded cricket match took place here in 1838.
James Brunker | Modest Corner Southborough Common Kent

Modest Corner Southborough Common Kent

A view in early summer across fields behind the hamlet of Modest Corner on the edge of Southborough Common near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. In mediaeval times this area was part of the extensive forests of the South Frith hunting estate; Modest Corner was one of the earliest communities that settled on the edge of the estate enjoying the rights granted on common land. When Tunbridge Wells became a popular spa town in the 17th century a camp was set up here for visitors.
James Brunker | A walk in the woods Southborough Common

A walk in the woods Southborough Common

A man and his dog enjoying a walk on the edge of Southborough Common in winter.
James Brunker | Beech Trees in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

Beech Trees in Whortleberry Wood Southborough Common

The beautiful bright greens of freshly opened beech tree leaves in Whortleberry Wood on a sunny spring day. Southborough Common lies on a ridge in the High Weald next to the small town of Southborough near Tunbridge Wells and includes a wide variety of woodland habitats in a relatively small area. Whortleberry Wood gets its name from the whortleberry or bilberry plants that are common in this part and one of the few plants that grow on the forest floor.
James Brunker | St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

A view of St Peter's Church on Southborough Common, Kent, a well known local landmark next to the cricket pitch. The original church was built in 1830 by the famous architect Decimus Burton, who is best known for designing the well known Calverley Park and Crescent in neighbouring Tunbridge Wells. Built using the local yellow clay brick and sandstone, the church was extended and the tower and spire added in 1883.
James Brunker | St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

A view of St Peter's Church on Southborough Common, Kent in early summer. The original church was built in 1830 by the famous architect Decimus Burton, who is best known for designing the well known Calverley Park and Crescent in neighbouring Tunbridge Wells. Built using the local yellow clay brick and sandstone, the church was extended and the tower and spire added in 1883.
James Brunker | St Peters Church and Rosebay Willowherb Southborough Common Kent

St Peters Church and Rosebay Willowherb Southborough Common Kent

St Peter's Church on Southborough Common, Kent in early summer with rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium, also called fireweed) flowering in the foreground. The original church was built in 1830 by the famous architect Decimus Burton, who is best known for designing the well known Calverley Park and Crescent in neighbouring Tunbridge Wells.
James Brunker | St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

A black and white view of St Peter's Church on Southborough Common, Kent, a well known local landmark. The original church was built in 1830 by the famous architect Decimus Burton, who is best known for designing the well known Calverley Park and Crescent in neighbouring Tunbridge Wells. Built using the local yellow clay brick and sandstone, the church was extended and the tower and spire added in 1883.