"Another Kent gem - Biddenden!" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jenniflower

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  Biddenden High Street
by Jenniflower

When driving into Biddenden (what a gorgeous name too!), one almost feels like one has stepped into another era.

Many places in England have this Weaver-style cottages scattered here and there, but here there is quite a lot of it. Add some locally-made cobble stones to that and it spells C H A R A C T E R. Galore!

The name refers to 'The Maids of Biddenden'. In 1100, Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst were born here. They were cojoined and became quite famous in the area. Possibly the most famous cojoined twins in the pre-medical era.

Oddly, they are depicted in drawings from that time to have been connected at the hips and the shoulders. They were probably joined at the pelvis and spine realistically though, and not as the fablled pictures suggest.

They died at the age of 34. The one twin died and the other, healthy twin, said she would rather die together with her twin, as they had come into the world together, and they should depart together. She died 6 hours later.

Should you pop into Biddenden, do have a look at the pretty painted sign of the twins on the village green.

Biddenden has recently obtained Broadband in the area. Great for locals I am sure :)

(This tip appears in Kent too, so pls do not rate it if you have rated the Kent one already. Thanks).

Website: http://www.biddenden.gov.uk

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  • Updated Nov 28, 2006
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