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Short History of Rusthall

Rusthall is a village in Kent, located less than 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Tunbridge Wells town centre. Rusthall Common lays between the village and Tunbridge Wells. It has a frequent bus Service into Tunbridge Wells (281).

The village has a primary school and two churches. Also a library, various shops, two cafes, take-aways, three pubs and the Rusthall Club. There are also two church halls and two community halls. Sport is well served in the village with a popular Football Club and a Cricket Club. The village has its own Rusthall Parish Council and there is the Rusthall Village Association. 

Rusthall and Speldhurst were first mentioned, in a grant of lands to Diora, Bishop of Rochester in the 8th century. 

During the 17th century, lodging houses appeared in Rusthall to accomodate visitors to the newly discovered Chalybeate Springs at the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. During the reign of King Charles I, Rusthall tended to attract visitors from the Puritan faction whilst the Cavalier faction tended to stay in nearby Southborough.

The name "Rusthall" is from the Anglo-Saxon Ruste uuelle, meaning the water contains high levels of natural iron like at the Chalybeate Springs.

During the 18th century, Rusthall became less popular as Tunbridge Wells developed. A few Rusthall houses, built on moveable sledges, were then wheeled to the fashionable Mount Sion area of Tunbridge Wells.

Rusthall formed part of Speldhurst civil parish when formed in 1894. Four years later, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council took control over Rusthall.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council agreed that Rusthall should become a civil parish, on the 23rd of February 2011. The first Rusthall Parish Council election took place on 5 May 2011. At the 2011 UK census, the Rusthall electoral ward had a population of 4,976 in 2,076 households.