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West Kingsdown in Kent - Our Community

West Kingsdown lies around 6 miles north of Sevenoaks and about the same distance south of Gravesend. It is a large village built along the A20 route down from London to Dover, between Orpington and Maidstone. The population is over 6000 [2011 Census: 6062].

The village is located on the flattened northern rim of the North Downs and combines the beauty of the local countryside with the prominence of being on top of a hill, looking down onto the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the suburbs of greater London.

WK Brands Hatch

The village was originally made up of farms and the estates of local landowners. Its centre lay at the crossroads where the old Parish Church Rectory faced the Portobello Inn. The old local primary school, the Post Office, the village hall (all no longer used for their original purpose) and our Baptist Church (still very much used for its original purpose!) were all built along the roads  that met at the crossroads, within a few hundred yards of each other.

These days the centre of the village is the parade of shops built when the village housing expanded down towards West Kingsdown greatest claim to fame, Brands Hatch Racing Circuit, which hosted the Formula One British Grand Prix for a number of years and was the venue for the 2012 Paralympics cycling. There is a library, a doctor’s surgery, a petrol station, a couple of restaurants/cafes, play areas for children and a skateboard park for teenagers. Close to the village are the London and Woodlands Manor Golf Clubs.

WK view of London

There are two other churches - St Edmunds, the parish church, and St Bernadette’s, the Roman Catholic church, in addition to West Kingsdown Baptist Church. All three churches participate in regular activities together through Churches Together in West Kingsdown.

There is a very active Active Retirement Association in the village - KIARA, which supports a number of groups for those interested in crafts and gardening, as well as running tours for its members. We run a Carers and Toddlers group - Catch Up. The library runs activities for local residents and children. There are also a number of scout groups being run in the area.

There are plenty of good walks in the area, up through the woods (owned by the village and maintained by volunteers) around the parish church or along the local lanes and paths to neighbouring villages. On the road out of the village, heading along the A20 towards Maidstone, there is a grade two listed, four storey, smock windmill. This was built in Farningham, the village at the bottom of the hill, in the early nineteenth century and moved up to West Kingsdown in 1880. Having bought a railway tool shed up the hill to serve as the Baptist church in 1861, the locals obviously saw moving a four-storey windmill as another challenge...

WK Windmill

 

telephone: 01474 852054

West Kingsdown Baptist Church

Fawkham Road

West Kingsdown

TN15 6JP

email: wkbchurch@hotmail.com


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