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Penshurst Place

Tudor timber-framed houses and shops line the high street of the attractive village of PENSHURST. The main reason for coming here is to visit Penshurst Place, home to the Sidney family since 1552 and birthplace of the Elizabethan soldier and poet, Sir Philip Sidney. The fourteenth-century Barons Hall, built for Sir John de Pulteney, four times Mayor of London, is the glory of the interior, with its 60ft-high chestnut roof still in place.