Leeds, Kent

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Leeds
Manor House, Leeds - geograph.org.uk - 1613835.jpg
Leeds
Leeds is located in Kent
Leeds
Leeds
 Leeds shown within Kent
Population 2,500 (2005)[1]
District Maidstone (borough)
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidstone
Postcode district ME17
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Faversham and Mid Kent
List of places
UK
England
Kent

Coordinates: 51°14′47″N 0°36′24″E / 51.246310°N 0.606630°E / 51.246310; 0.606630Leeds is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. The parish is located to the east of Maidstone.

The village of Leeds is five miles (8 km) from the county town. It appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 called Esledes - an old English word meaning slope or hillside. It is so called because the village is on the hillside above the River Len, a tributary of the River Medway. An alternative explanation for the name is that it derived its name from Ledian, who built the first wooden fortress here in 978.[2][3] It also has a primary school, Leeds and Broomfield C of E Primary.

St Nicholas's Church has the second largest Norman tower in England. Leeds Priory was dissolved in 1539. To the east of the village is Leeds Castle. The church and the castle are Grade I listed buildings and the site of the priory is a scheduled monument.

To the west and between Otham and Leeds the area of Caring is located. Caring has a number of modern farmhouses, in the style of an Oast house. Another attraction is the old Vineyard, a free tourist feature.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005 Ward Level Population Estimates" (PDF). Kent County Council. September 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ From: 'Leck - Leeds', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 46-55. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51100 Date accessed: 17 May 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.britishcastle.co.uk/index.php?pageId=England_Kent

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