Place:Wrotham, Kent, England

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NameWrotham
Alt namesBrotehamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
TypeVillage
Coordinates51.3°N 0.317°E
Located inKent, England
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Wrotham (pronounced ) is a village on the Pilgrims' Way in Kent, at the foot of the North Downs. It is one mile north of Borough Green and approximately five miles east of Sevenoaks. It is between the M20 and M26 motorways.

The name first occurs as Uurotaham in the year 788 meaning 'homestead of a man called Wrōta.'

The village has a central concentration of pubs, three within a hundred yardss of each other: the Rose and Crown, the George and Dragon and the Bull Hotel. A fourth, the Three Postboys, ceased trading in 2009.

The offshoot village on Wrotham Heath of the same name as the heath, once an area of wholly common land, is south-east.

Close by is the Wrotham transmitting station which was the first transmitter in the UK to broadcast on FM in 1955 and now carries the main national FM radio frequencies for most of London.

Wrotham shows extensive signs of occupation by the Romans and it is posited that the Wrotham Pinot, a disease-resistant variety of the Pinot noir grape found in Wrotham churchyard, is descended from vines brought by the Romans.

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