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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


A long-established village located in the Weald of Kent, close to the Sussex border.

During the mid-18th century, Hawkhurst was the base of a notorious gang of smugglers involved in the illegal import and theft of tea, brandy, and rum.  Their methods of doing business and protecting their interests were particularly brutal; they were finally defeated by the local militia in a pitched battle in the nearby village of Goudhurst.

Wm. Rootes, cycle and motor engineer

The cycle shop, and later motor dealership, from where the Rootes Group initally developed.

7, Station Road (now Cranbrook Road), Hawkhurst, TN18 4AT. 

1897 – c1924.