Hartley, Kent

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Hartley is located in Kent
 Hartley shown within Kent
OS grid reference TQ605675
Civil parish Hartley
District Sevenoaks
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DA3
Dialling code 01474
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Dartford
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Coordinates: 51°23′13″N 0°18′13″E / 51.386812°N 0.303691°E / 51.386812; 0.303691

This article is about the village in North Kent, England. For the South Kent village of the same name see Hartley, Cranbrook. For other uses, see Hartley (disambiguation).

Hartley is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent, England. It is located around 4.5 miles (7 km) southwest of Gravesend and just south of Longfield in the neighbouring borough of Dartford.


The village of Hartley is recorded as Erelei in the Domesday Book of 1086.[1] with a population of 15 families and 3 slaves.[2] The name Hartley means "place in the wood where the deer are". The parish church of All Saints dates from the early 12th century, although it probably replaced an earlier Anglo-Saxon building.[3]

On 28 January 1554, during Wyatt's Rebellion against Queen Mary, a rebel force of about 500 men led by Henry Isley clashed with a similar-sized loyal force led by Lord Abergavenny and Sir Robert Southwell, at Wrotham Hill. After a running battle over about four miles, the rebels made their last stand at Hartley Wood, where they were defeated.[4]

By 1872, there were 47 houses in Hartley with a population of 244. Some local farms specialised in hop growing.[5] A National School was built in the village in 1841; it was rebuilt in 1960 on a new site.

The opening nearby of Longfield railway station in 1872 began the evolution of the village from an agricultural to a commuter community. Just before World War I, two agricultural estates were purchased by a property developer and sold off in small plots for new houses and bungalows. Major housing developments at New Ash Green in the 1960s and Wellfield in the 1970s continued the trend.[6]

The parish was part of Axstane Hundred and later Dartford Rural District.

Places of worship[edit]

All Saints Church

All Saints Church, the Anglican parish church, is Grade I-listed and dates from the 12th century.[7][8] It is supplemented by the All Saints Church Centre in the centre of the village, which is used as a church hall and for worship.[9] St Francis de Sales' Roman Catholic church, a Grade II-listed building, is a 17th-century former barn with timber framing and a thatched roof.[8][10] Hartley United Reformed Church (formerly Congregational) was registered for worship in 1936[8][11] but has closed and has been put up for sale.[12]


Hartley Country Club cricket section were the Kent Cricket League Premier Champions in 2008 and 2011-2013. This is a league that is fought at an extremely high level against well known and respected clubs such as Bromley and Bexley. 2011 was a very successful year-the years accolades include-1st XI champions, 2nd XI champions, 5th XI champions and 20/20 champions.

Hartley de Sales Football Club also play at Hartley Country Club; formed in 1993, they have teams for age groups ranging from under-6 to seniors. They play in the Maidstone Invicta, Maidstone Boys' and Maidstone Minor leagues.


Hartley is served by Arriva Kent bus routes 423/433 with services to Dartford via Bluewater and Longfield and to New Ash Green. The nearest rail link to Hartley is at Longfield station.

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