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The Towns and Villages of Kent

City, Town or Village Details

This page/area of the website is still under construction. As you can appreciate gathering details on a large number of Kent towns and villages is quite a task.

The intention is to be able to give parochial information, such as market days, bus routes, nearest train station, church events, local businesses etc. Please see the entries for Aldington and Appledore as examples, but we are more than happy to include additional information if our users wish.

If you represent the local parish, are involved in local affairs for your town or village or have a local business, we would love to hear from you and perhaps you could provide some of the information on your area in order to promote your town or village further afield.

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Aldington

Aldington today is a fairly pretty small town, nestling on the edge of the hills that overlook Romney Marsh. But is main claims to fame revolve around those who have previously been associated with the town.

Goldenhurst Farmhouse, which dates back to the 17th Century, was home to Noel Coward from 1929 until 1956. He composed many of his melodies and lyrics here, most notably Room With A View - said to have been inspired by a vista from one of the farmhouse rooms.

Another writer, by the name of Ford Maddox Ford, wrote 'Aldington Knoll' whilst living here. It tells the tale of the Knoll's owner, who couldn't find workers to level that land due to a legend that a curse would befall anyone who disturbed the Knoll. Eventually he found a labourer from outside the village who undertook the task. The man unearthed a sword and a skeleton, before he died in mysterious circumstances.

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During the Second World War, the Knoll was once again worthy of note, but this time as an observation post for spotting aircraft. It’s said that the towers of thirty-six churches can be seen from the Knoll on a clear day.

During the nineteenth century a well known gang of smugglers, who went by the name of the Aldington Gang, were prevalent in the district. Led by the Ransley family, one of their best known haunts was said to be the Walnut Tree Inn. The tales of a ghost there persist to this day. According to local belief, it is said to be of a man who was killed and thrown down a well at the pub, after a disagreement.

Looking even further back, Aldington was home to another notable character. In the 16th Century, Elizabeth Barton, then known as the Holy Maid of Kent, was said to possess a gift to forsee visions during 'her ecstasies'. Before too long, she was soon brought to the attention of Archbishop Warham. It’s now believed that the visions occurred during epileptic fits, and were manipulated by those around her to befit political purposes. When she apparently predicted that King Henry VIII would divorce Catherine in order to marry Anne Boelyn, things took a turn for the worse. The King was not pleased, and it led to Archbishop Cranmer replacing Warham, and the unfortunate Elizabeth losing her head.

Aldington's name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Ealdaingtun which is derived from Eald(old) ingtun(fortified village on a hill) so would translate to 'The Old village on the hill' possibly because it was a Roman settlement.

Henry VIII had another connection to Aldington, when he took the Archbishop's Palace for himself at the Reformation. Sadly all that now remains of the once grand building, close to the 12th Century church, are a few walls that make up part of Court Lodge Farm.

Aldington is still a popular place for the celebrities of their day, with a number of television personalities , most notably Paul O'Grady, having recent or current homes here. It still has a peaceful charm, more akin to a small village than the small town it's grown into.

The green still echoes to the relaxing sound of Sunday cricket, and the combatants still wend their way to the historic pub for a pint of real ale afterwards. Maybe the ghosts of the old Aldington Gang will be there to greet them.

Useful Information

  • Market Day
  • Not Known
  • Closest Station
  • There are no mainline railway stations that are particularly convenient for Aldington. The closest is Westenhanger, about a15 minute taxi ride away.
  • Parking
  • Parking is not generally a problem on the peaceful streets around the centre of Aldington.
  • Shopping
  • There are a few village shops, but the closest main shopping centres are at Ashford or Folkestone.

Clubs and Groups

  • Aldington Ladies Gentle Excercise Club
  • The club meets at 2.15pm each Wednesday in Aldington Village Hall. Contact Anne Mason at the hall.
  • Aldington Tennis Club
  • The club play on the Reynolds Playing Field. Contact Trevor Sutton on 01233 721511.
  • Aldington Short Mat Bowls Club
  • Meets in Aldington Village Hall, 7.30pm every Monday & Thursday. For further information contact Alan Gilbody on 01233 650415.
  • Aldington Football Club
  • For more information contact Barry Hume on 01233 720405.
  • Aldington & Bonnington Gardening Club
  • Meets at Aldington Village Hall 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start. Visitors are most welcome. For further information and a list of future dates, please contact Colin Evans 01233 720618.
  • Aldington Cricket Club
  • For more information & details, contact Richard Wanstall on 01233 720005.

Things To Do

  • Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
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    ... is just a couple of miles along the road. The Wild Animal Park and Gardens, near Hythe, houses over 100 species & almost 1000 animals. An exciting feature at Port Lympne is the 'African Experience' safari trail, where animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and ostrich roam free as in Africa.

Places To See

  • St Martin's Church, Aldington
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    Surprisingly, St Martin's Church has been a landmark for sailors for centuries, even though it's several miles from the sea. It stands just to the east of the present day village centre, on the edge of the escarpment overlooking Romney Marsh. The earliest parts of the church date back to the 12th Century, but the tower wasn't started until some 300 years later. Strangely, the tower was originally built entirely separate from the main church, but by the time they eventually finished it (in the 20th Century), the main church had been extended to meet the tower. The choir stalls date back to the 14th Century, and are reputed to be amongst the best in Kent.

Where To Stay

  • Willow Court Holiday Cottages
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    Located just a few miles from the village, Willow Court Holiday Cottages are set in the heart of lush rural countryside on the edge of Romney Marsh. They have 5 self catering farm cottages, all fully equipped, and are very welcoming and homely. They range in size, suiting either a single or a larger family visit.

Where To Eat

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Local Business

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