The Village name “Matfield” is derived from the Anglo Saxon “feld” (meaning large clearing) and from the farm run by Matta, hence Matfield. The Village is made up of period and modern properties and sports one of the largest Village Greens in Kent. Local children are allowed to fish in the pretty Pond situated on the Green. Around the Green several tile-hung Kentish Cottages can be seen along with an impressive Georgian Mansion. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, the land was given to Richard Fitzgilbert, the cousin of William The Conqueror. The white weather boarded Country Inn, The Wheelwrights Arm, was built in 1602 and was originally a farm building. It was then converted into an Ale House around 1750. Around 1728 the house known as Matfield House, the gorgeous Mansion on Matfield Green was built by Thomas Bold Marchant, a Farmer from Horsmonden, and his Wife, Mary, who was a wealthy Heiress from Marden. Matfield is notable as the birthplace of the Poet, Siegfried Sassoon, who was born in the house called Weirleigh in 1886. His Mother, the Sculptor Theresa Sassoon, planted a tree on the Green to commemorate the end of World War I. The tree was blown down in the hurricane of 1987 and had to be replaced.
Matfield Village has three Country Inns, all serving good homemade Bar Food with separate Restaurants. There is an excellent Butchers, “Mark and Sons”, situated on the corner of the Village Green serving top quality Meat, Vegetables, Cheese and Bread. A new General Store has opened behind the Butchers with a Newsagents, Take-Away Counter, Off License, Groceries and day to day needs plus a Post Office Counter that opens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A brand new Hairdresser's has also just opened. Matfield has its own well-supported Cricket Club - it is wonderful to walk past or sit and listen to the thwack of leather on willow within these beautiful surroundings. The nearest Mainline Railway Station is at Paddock Wood (with an adjacent Waitrose) providing fast and frequent services to London Bridge, Charing Cross/Cannon Street, Gatwick, Heathrow and Ashford International, with its excellent services to Europe. The nearby A21 provides a convenient link to the M25 Motorway Network going north and the Coast travelling south. Also on the A21, a BP Garage, open 24/7, provides not only fuel, but also a Marks & Spencer Simply Food and a Wild Bean Café.