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Marsh Green
Marsh GreenMarsh Green lies in the Eden Vale, only 150ft. above sea level, and is part of the Parish of Edenbridge. The first mention of this village occured during the reign of Elizabeth I. in the Rent Roll of Prinkham Manor, taken at Starborough Castle in 1580, a tenant was said "to hold of that Manor certain parcells of land in Merche-Greene."

Over the years, little has changed in the appearance of the village. The most obvious sign of change in recent years is the decline in the number of village shops. Before 1950 the village boasted four shops: an Inn, a tea-room, a laundry and a village cobbler. The cobbler, Bob Seymour, was always ready for a chat with the locals who felt like calling in, to watch while he hammered, or to take in the familiar smell of the leather being cut to shape - most likely obtained from the Edenbridge Tan yard.
 
Wheatsheaf Inn
As a result of the Covenant, made in the 1800's the Victorian Wheatsheaf Inn has never opened on Sundays. However, in 1981 the publican came to the rescue of the village, when it was suddenly faced with the dilemma of being without a shop.
Wheatsheaf Inn
Mr & Mrs John Cooke stepped into the breach one Sunday morning in may 1981 - the Wheatsheaf Inn became alive with activity, with the Sunday papers piled high and the Cookes doing their utmost to provide normal service.An interesting fact about Marsh Green is that in 1886 it was to be the venue for the last bare-knuckle fight in England. Unfortunately rumours of Police interference sent the combatants and their backers to the Crown Inn at Edenbridge and then on to London.
Our thanks to Shirley bentley for supplying the details above.

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