Lynsted

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Lynsted
Scuttington Manor Oast, Dully Road, Lynsted, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 1449724.jpg
Scuttington Manor Oast House
St Peter and St Paul, Lynsted, Kent - East end - geograph.org.uk - 324694.jpg
inside church of St Peter and St Paul, Lynsted
Lynsted is located in Kent
Lynsted
Lynsted
 Lynsted shown within Kent
Population 1,600 
OS grid reference TQ 943036
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sittingbourne
Dialling code 01795
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Sittingbourne and Sheppey (UK Parliament constituency)
List of places
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England
Kent

Coordinates: 51°18′47″N 0°47′09″E / 51.313°N 0.7859°E / 51.313; 0.7859

Lynsted is a village in Lynsted with Kingsdown civil parish in the Swale borough of Kent, England. The village is situated south of the A2 road between Faversham and Sittingbourne and the nearest M2 junction is Faversham three miles east. Lynsted is in many respects an archetypal old English village with church, churchyard with an ancient yew, pub (the Black Lion) and a duck pond.

Geography[edit]

The parish's southern part is on the north slope of the North Downs; Bluetown, Kingsdown is at 104 m above mean sea level and Erriottwood at 67 m. Its extent stretches from, in the north, the Roman road Watling Street, later named Greenstreet and now named London Road, where the hamlets south of it are Cellarhill or Cellar Hill and Claxfield (that borders across the road Teynham) to, in the south, Erriottwood. Bogle in the north-centre and Tickham in the east are the two other hamlets, within 14 mile of the centre. The land drains well with chalks of the North Downs.

History[edit]

Church of Saints Peter and Paul
The Black Lion pub

Although not featured in the Domesday the closest featured location is Milton Regis.[1]

There is a church to St Peter and St Paul[2] with the highest, grade I, architectural listing status. It is a 14th-century broach spired church, with 13th century features and its chancel is 16th century. The monuments include the south Roper chapel to Sir John Roper, 1st Baron Teynham, d.1618 brass chandelier dated 1686; brasses to Elizabeth Roper, d.1567, to John Worley, d.1621, 2 foot figures; painted alabaster with stiff recumbent knight with his Lady on a marble sarcophagus; a son and two daughters kneel on a panel to rear in coffered niche with architectural surround, with corinthian capitals, dentil cornice, obelisks and cartouche. Lord Christopher Roper, d.1622. signed by sculptor Epiphanius Evesham subtitled 'Me fecit': plaster figures of reclining and dying knight draped with his ermine cloak, with his kneeling and mourning wife behind him. He lies on a sarcophagus with central inscription flanked by carved panels of 2 sons, their backs turned to their hounds and hawks, and 5 daughters and granddaughters; the north Huggeson chapel to Catherine Drurye (née Finche) d.1601, alabaster hanging monument with kneeling couple facing each other, children behind, with bracketed base; monument to John Huggeson d.1634; Josiah Huggeson, d.1639; James Huggeson, d.1646 (recumbent man and wife on bolection moulded sarcophagus); Rudolph Weckerlin, d.1667; Anne Delaune, d.1719; Martha Huggeson, d.1753; William Huggeson, d.1774.[2]

From this is can be seen that the Huggeson and Roper families were among the wealthiest landowners from at least the 16th century; they developed their dedicated chapels with artistically acclaimed monuments.

The village centre is a conservation area containing 24 listed buildings.[3]

Governance[edit]

Lynsted in elections every four years elects two representatives to Kent County Council who are currently:

Election Member[4] ward
2009 Mr Alan Willicombe Swale Central
2009 Mr Mark Whiting Swale Central

Lynsted elects two representatives to Swale Borough Council, they are currently:

Election Member[5] Ward
2011 Richard Barnicott Teynham and Lynsted
2011 Lloyd Bowen Teynham and Lynsted

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