Pembury History

The Old Coach Road

The Old Coach Road no longer exists as a road, but as a series of footpaths.  It used to be the coach road for the Marquis of Camden to get from Pembury to Bayham Abbey, near Lamberhurst, without having to pay the tolls on the Hastings Road.  There have been several articles in the Pembury Village News over the years on the history and restoration of this route.   The map below helps to identify the route. It has been highlighted on an old OS map before the A21 Pembury by-pass.

The maps on the Localities – Hastings Road  page give greater detail of the start of the road at St Peter’s Church.

Please note that in several places this route crosses private land and is NOT a public right of way.
These maps indicate a historic route not a public path for modern ramblers.

The route shown above has been extracted from the sketch map in Issue 143 of the PVN

The Pembury section of the Old Coach Road on a modern map with the A21 Bypass and its footbridges.


Above:  a portion of the 1840 Tithe Map showing the gated entrance to the start of the Coach Road – opposite plot 389


Above:  a later map of 1909 showing the Coach Road down the side of the church – now the entrance drive to the church.

 A brief history from Kathryn Franklin's article in PVN 143


For further reading please consult the PVN archive for the following articles –

Issue 32        June 1982   Page 2    Vandalism

Issue 91        Autumn 1997 Page 20      The Old Coach Road

Issue 42        December 1984     Page 9      The Coach Road’s Future

Issue 141      Spring 2010 Page 5       The Old Coach Road

Issue 143      Autumn 2010    Page 20   The Old Coach Road

Issue 145     Spring 2011     Page 7   The Old Coach Road

Issue 148     Winter 2011  Page 7     Old Coach Road and Public Footpaths


Tony Nicholls 2014

The Old Coach Road
Pembury History

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