Marden shown within Kent
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||TN12 9xx|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Maidstone and the Weald|
Marden (// or //) is a village about 8 miles (13 km) south of Maidstone and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. As well as the village the civil parish include the hamlet of Wanshurst Green. The parish is located on the flood plain of the River Beult (a tributary of the River Medway) near Maidstone. It is in an apple-growing area, and has a population of approximately 4000 persons.
Marden is 8 miles (13 km) from Maidstone and 14 miles (22 km) from Tonbridge. It is on the B2079 linking the A229 Maidstone with the A21 at Flimwell. It has its own railway station on the South Eastern Main Line.
The village has a parish church, dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, and was built at the end of the 12th century. The parish includes the settlement of Chainhurst. In February 2007, Ann Widdecombe, the local MP, opened the Marden Heritage Centre in Marden Library. The Centre houses archives from Marden's 1000 year history. Starting in 2010, Marden residents are practicing bartering. The scheme follows the trend of small communities looking for ways of reducing food miles and valuing the skills and time of older people. The system is enable by the use of internet technology to allow members of the scheme to exchange goods and services for Barter Credits. Similar schemes are in place in Lewes and Totnes which is a transition town.
To the East of the town, is Marden Meadows, three meadows (8.8 acres (36,000 m2)) which are cut annually for hay and then grazed. Since 1981, these have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. They are managed by the Kent Trust for Nature Conservation(Kent Wildlife Trust). The meadows contain several scarce species inc; Ophioglossum (adder's-tongue), green winged orchid (Orchis morio), meadow saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata),Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) and within a pond in one of the meadows, two scarce plants, water violet (Hottonia palustris) and bladder-sedge (Carex vesicaria) are also found.
There are two schools: Marden Primary School and Marden County Primary School.
Sport and leisure
- Nicholas Amhurst (1697-1742), poet, was born in Marden.
- Helen Grant (b 1961), MP for Maidstone and the Weald, lives in Marden
- William Hartnell (1908–75), actor, lived in Marden.
- Sidney Highwood (1896-1975 ), RAF officer, was born in Marden.
- William Morley Punshon (1824–81), preacher, practiced at Marden 1845-49.
- Stephen Southon, 19th Century cricketer, came from Marden.
On 10 February 1930, a Farman F.63 Goliath crashed at Marden Airfield whilst attempting an emergency landing following the structural failure of the starboard elevator. Two of the six people on board were killed.
Also the only free independent newspaper to serve the borough of Maidstone, the Downs Mail
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- Marden Barter Group
- Marden Parish Council
- Notes on Marden
- Parish church
- Marden History
- Marden Meadow (Kent Wildlife Trust)
- Marden Business Forum