Istead Rise

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Coordinates: 51°24′22″N 0°21′07″E / 51.406°N 0.352°E / 51.406; 0.352

Istead Rise
Istead Rise is located in Kent
Istead Rise
Istead Rise
 Istead Rise shown within Kent
Population 3,600 (2005)[1]
OS grid reference TQ636700
    - Charing Cross 25 mi (40 km)  WNW
District Gravesham
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRAVESEND
Postcode district DA13
Dialling code 01474
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Gravesham
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Istead Rise is a village 3 miles (5 km) south of Gravesend in Kent, England. It is in the borough of Gravesham and has a population of 3,505 (2001 census).

By road, it is 23 miles (37 km) east of London on the A2 road. The nearest railway station is 2 miles (3 km) away at Meopham (34 minutes from London Victoria). Istead Rise is 4 miles (6 km) from Ebbsfleet International railway station which opened in 2007 for Eurostar services to Paris, Brussels and Lille. In June 2009, North Kent commuter trains started running on the high speed track to London St Pancras (16 minutes away), stopping only at Stratford International.

The new Linear Park, on the site of the old A2, is 15 minutes' walk away, 5 minutes by bike, and is suited to cycling, walking and jogging. At one end are Nell's Cafe and Shorne Country Park, and at the other end is Sainsbury's. The new Cyclopark opened there in September 2012. Nearby is Ifield, a quiet little village with a beautiful church.

Istead Rise Primary School provides education for children till the age of 11. In addition, on the site of the primary school, there are two nursery schools.

St Barnabas Church (Church of England), founded in 1957, is located near the shops.

There is a small parade of shops with an Indian restaurant, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, supermarket, hardware store, dry cleaner, and dentist. On Lewis Road there is a hairdresser, florist and dentist. There is also a new medical practice.

Istead Rise was a pig-farming community in the 1860s, situated in the North Downs pathway.[citation needed] A pig farm was on what is now the site of Istead Rise Primary School. Kent County Council bought the site for its school in the 1960s. Until then Istead Rise did not have a school as there were insufficient children in the area to make this viable.

As well as pig farm on Downs Road, there were orchards on what is now the Community Centre field and the surrounding housing area. There was also a flower farm with large greenhouses around what is now Flower Hill House and Flowerhill Way. Edward & Kenneth Crush used to deliver coke to heat the greenhouses. Frog Island is on the site of what is now Istead Rise Parade. Frog Island is also the name of the local Morris Men group. References to these can be found in the local history of Istead Rise "The Rise of the Rise", by Ken Jones.

Istead Rise community centre was destroyed by a fire started during a burglary on 20 March 2007. The centre was re-built and opened again on 17 December 2008[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005 Ward Level Population Estimates". Kent County Council. September 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ Centre restoration begins a year after fire, News Shopper