Elmley

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Coordinates: 51°23′27″N 0°46′32″E / 51.3909°N 0.7756°E / 51.3909; 0.7756

Elmley
Elmley is located in Kent
Elmley
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 Elmley shown within Kent
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
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Elmley is the local name for the Isle of Elmley, part of the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, England. It was also the name of a former village on the Isle of Elmley. Edward Hasted mentions in 1798, that the Isle was two eighths of the Isle of Sheppey. 11 miles by 8 miles.[1]

History[edit]

Kings Hill Farm buildings and the Elmley Marshes

The village of Elmley was a settlement of around 200 people in the late 19th century. It consisted of the Turkey Cement Works, which was the major employer for the area, as well as a school, a church, a public house and 30 dwellings. The cement works closed in 1902 and the population dwindled thereafter. Elmley School closed in the 1920s and the church was demolished in the 1960s, although the graves remain as of 2009.[2]

There was also once a ferry service crossing the Swale to Murston (near Sittingbourne).[3]

The last surviving buildings of the village are the Grade II listed 'Kingshill Farmhouse'[4] and 'Kingshill Farmhouse Barn'[5]

Elmley today[edit]

In the 1970s a bird reserve was established on the marshes. It forms part of the Elmley National Nature Reserve, which is owned and managed by the Elmley Conservation Trust.[6] It covers 3,250 acres (13.2 km2) and is one of the largest bird reserves in England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Institute of Historical Research) 6: 207–216. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Rymill, John (2006). The Three Sheppey Islands in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Green Arrow Publishing. ISBN 0-9551431-5-2. 
  3. ^ "Walk 4 Trail around Elmley". discoveryourestuary.com. Medway Council. 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kingshill Farmhouse, Minster-on-Sea". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Barn Adjoining Cattle Shed Immediately North of Kings Hill Farmhouse, Minster-on-Sea". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Elmley NNR". Retrieved 20 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Elmley at Wikimedia Commons