Elvington, Kent

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Elvington
OS grid reference TR278502
District Dover
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dover
Postcode district CT15
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Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
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Elvington is a small pit village on a ridge in between Canterbury and Dover in the county of Kent in Southeast England. Located near Eythorne, Elvington was mostly built in the early 20th Century to serve the nearby coal mine at Tilmanstone, as were other Kent Coalfield villages including Snowdown, Aylesham and Betteshanger.[1]

History[edit]

The name Elvington derives from the Old English meaning "farmstead of someone named Ælfwine";[2] a manor or farm of that name reportedly once stood at what is now the bowling club.[citation needed]

Apparently the Romans once marched through this area of Kent using the Ashey path to Barfrestone and the Roman Path across the downs and along what is now Roman Way, hence the name.[citation needed]

In 1916 the East Kent Light Railway opened a station at Elvington called Tilmanstone Colliery Halt. This served passengers until 1948, and closed entirely in 1951.[3]

Today the site of the mine is an industrial estate between Tilmanstone and Eythorne located on the Pike Road. A new housing estate was built in the mid-1990s and has been extensively added to.[citation needed]

The village is also on the Miner's Way Trail. Using the Roman Way to head to Shepherdswell. The trail links up the coalfield parishes of East Kent.[4]

Community[edit]

Services today include a community/learning centre, school,[5] shop, hairdressers, and takeaway shop as well as local information centre providing access to training and employment for local residents. The post office closed in 2008.[citation needed] Eythorne Elvington Community Primary school serves 104 pupils from school years one to six from Elvington and Eythorne.[6]

Recent investment from agencies such as the South East England Development Agency has led to the development of the former miners hall into a communication and learning centre.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introduction to the project", Coalfields Heritage Initiative Kent website
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of British Placenames, A.D.Mills, Oxford University Press
  3. ^ "Elvington", Disused Stations, retrieved 20 September 2010
  4. ^ "The History of the Coalfield Parishes". www.dover.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Elvington Community Centre", Dover District Council website
  6. ^ "Eythorne Elvington Community Primary website"

External links[edit]

Media related to Elvington, Kent at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°12′28″N 1°15′31″E / 51.20778°N 1.25861°E / 51.20778; 1.25861