The smaller settlements of Sissinghurst, Swattenden, Colliers Green and Hartley lie within the civil parish. The place name Cranbrook derives from Old English cran broc, meaning Crane Marsh, marshy ground frequented by cranes (although more probably herons).
Spelling of the place name has evolved over the centuries from Cranebroca (c.
Located on the Maidstone to Hastings road, it is five miles north of Hawkhurst.
Baker's Cross is on the eastern outskirts of the town.
In April 2016 residents voted against the parish council taking out the £2m loan required for the project, but in September 2016 the Borough Council approved a £20m regeneration plan that would create shops, flats and a community centre.
As of 2013 plans included small community rooms and three large day rooms which could convert into a hall for 300 people, along with a day care centre, council offices, public toilets and even the police station.
Cranbrook is a small town in the civil parish of Cranbrook and Sissinghurst, in the Weald of Kent in South East England.
It lies roughly half-way between Maidstone and Hastings, about 38 miles (61 km) southeast of central London.
During the 19th century, a group of artists known as the "Cranbrook Colony" were located here.
The Colony artists tended to paint scenes of domestic life in rural Kent – cooking and washing, children playing, and other family activities.