St Mary the Virgin, a Grade I listed church in Chislet village
Chislet shown within Kent
|Area||18.25 km2 (7.05 sq mi)|
|Population||872 (Civil Parish)|
|– density||48/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|District||City of Canterbury|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||North Thanet|
Chislet is a small English village and a sprawling rural parish in northeast Kent between Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet, the second largest in the district. A former spelling, 'Chistlet', is seen in 1418. Most of the land use is fertile agricultural and a significant minority of the land is marsh where low-lying.
The Chislet marshes mark the western end of the Wantsum Channel, an arm of the North Sea that separated the Isle of Thanet from the mainland. Saltmaking was an important activity in the marshes in ancient times. Chislet Windmill stood north of the Thanet Way on the road to Reculver until it burnt down in 2005; a replica was built on the same site in 2011.
The Anglo-Westphalian Coal Syndicates Ltd was set up in 1911 to lease land near Chislet and after various setbacks they finally reached coal at 1350 ft (411 metres) in 1919. Chislet Colliery Housing Society was formed in 1924 to build Hersden, a small colliery village of 300 houses south of Chislet on the main road to Thanet. Until its closure in 1970, Chislet was the most northerly colliery in Kent.
Chislet parish includes the villages or localities:
- British Listed Buildings retrieved 19 July 2013
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- British History website: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63543 ; village of Chistlet
- Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40 / 629; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/H5/CP40no629/aCP40no629fronts/IMG_0084.htm; the defendant in the third entry comes from this place: Simon Littelwode, of Chistlet, husbandman
- Chislet colliery
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