The quaint town of Cranbrook is firmly placed near the larger settlements of Maidstone and Royal Tunbridge Wells. By no means any less influential, Cranbrook has a bustling community. Perhaps best known for its many mills, both water and wind, now only one remains - the Union Mill. Built in 1814, it saw a number of owners before it was eventually sold to Kent County Council and is still in use today. Although aspects of the town have vanished, much architectural heritage remains. The ancient grammar school and St Dunstan's church are examples of this and both provide an essential link to Cranbrook's past, which is remembered by many. Cranbrook Through Time delves into the history of the town, uncovering the wonderful culture and personality that makes it the small but essential part of Kent it is today.
Robert Turcan is a retired fund manager who was brought up on a fruit farm in the North Kent horticultural belt. He has a lifelong interest in local history, in the pursuit of which he has amassed a considerable collection of topographical postcards, books and maps. His appreciation of the constantly changing environment is complimented by keen amateur photography, as well as a number of previously published titles on Kent's towns.