Ide Hill shown within Kent
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Ide Hill is a village within the civil parish of Sundridge with Ide Hill, in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. It stands on one of the highest points of the sandstone ridge about five miles south-west of Sevenoaks. Its name first appears on record in 1250 as Edythehelle. It is an eponymic denoting 'Edith's hill', from the Old English hyll 'hill'.
The church is relatively modern. The village had an Anglican chapel in 1807, built by Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London, who lived in nearby Sundridge; St Mary's church was built in 1865 and "has the distinction of being the highest church in Kent" [The Kent Village Book] at 216 metres above sea level, as well as boasting a beautiful lychgate, crafted by local builder Cecil 'Dusty' Boakes. There are several old buildings round the sloping village green, including the 18th-century Cock Inn and the Ide Hill Village School, built in 1856 it is the second home of the school which unusually for a church school predates the church building as the school was formed in 1809.
Ide Hill Football Club, who have teams in the Kent County League, the Sevenoaks & District League and the Crowborough & District Junior League, play their home games on the Ide Hill Recreation Ground (behind the Cock Inn). As per the church, the football pitch "has the distinction of being the highest in Kent".
Two of Kent's places of interest are near Ide Hill: Bough Beech Reservoir and Emmetts Garden.
Bough Beech Reservoir was completed in 1969. A large area round it is leased to the Kent Trust for Nature Conservation as a nature reserve.
Goathurst Common is a hamlet within the civil parish of Sundridge with Ide Hill. It lies to the west of Ide Hill. Its road, Bessels Green Road, leads through Whitley Forest to the village of Bessels Green, near Sevenoaks to the south. There is no current chapel or church. The hamlet did have two but they have been converted into houses. It is a mainly residential area consisting of about sixty houses built since the early 20's. Goathurst Common is separated from Ide Hill by Stubbs Wood.
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- Ide Hill Village
- The Parish Churches and Community Information
- Ide Hill Primary School
- Ide Hill FC
- Bough Beech Reservoir
- Emmetts Garden
- Ide Hill Conservation Area Appraisal. Sevenoaks District Council.
- "Goathurst Common-Ide Hill". www.bbc.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2013.