The parish of Marden is located about nine miles south of Maidstone, the county town of Kent, England. It has a population of approximately four thousand people. It is the second largest parish (in area) in Kent.
Although Marden is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Book, Meredenne, as it was known, had a wooden church by the time of the Norman Conquest and was Crown property until the reign of James 1. Marden thrived with the Kentish wool trade until the late eighteenth century. By the 1800s Marden had developed into an agricultural community, particularly with the cultivation of hops and, later, fruit.
Nowadays light industry has replaced much of the farming as a source of income, but Marden continues to thrive, proud of its past and optimistic about its future.