Milstead in the Spring
Milstead shown within Kent
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Milstead is a village in the borough of Swale in Kent, England. It is surrounded by the villages of Frinsted, Wichling, Doddington and Lynsted in Kent, England. It is the southernmost parish in the Sittingbourne area, it is approximately 3 miles from Sittingbourne town centre. Just past the M2 motorway.
According to Edward Hasted in 1798, the parish is but small, containing about 800 acres of land, of which about fifty acres are woodland. He also refers to it as 'Milsted'. The parish was under the dominion of the Manor of Milton Regis in the reign of Edward I.
It also contains around 80 houses and cottages. 9 are listed buildings. Including 'Milstead Manor',
On 27 September 1940 at 12.25pm, during the Battle of Britain, a Hawker Hurricane, from 242 Squadron RAF, piloted by Flying Officer Michael Homer, crashed into a thatch cottage in the village. The aircraft had been badly damaged by a Messerschmitt Bf 109. Flying Officer Homer flew with 242 Squadron based at RAF Duxford, commanded by Douglas Bader. His body was taken from the wreck and buried in Godlingston Cemetery, Swanage, Dorset. His family planted a tree and mounted a plaque in his memory at the crash site. A memorial near Simel House, Minching Wood, which was unveiled in November 2007, is included as part of annual Remembrance Day services in the village.
The village has a reasonably large village hall  which holds many clubs such as woodturning, yoga and even a monthly market. The village also has a village pub (the Red Lion) and also a village school 'Milstead and Frinsted Church of England Primary School'. Once the village had a small post office but has been a house for many years now.
- Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Institute of Historical Research) 65: 107–112. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Milstead, Kent". Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross, Milstead". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Milstead Manor, Milstead". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/districts/purbeck/1025160.Search_for_family_of_wartime_pilot/?ref=arc Search for family of wartime pilot
- http://www.courier.co.uk/Battle-Britain-hero-recalled-crash-site/story-11998520-detail/story.html Battle of Britain hero recalled at crash site
- http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234948207-help-needed-for-info-on-a-242-squadron-pilot/ Help needed for info on a 242 Squadron Pilot
- Remembrance Sunday, Parish News of the united benefice of Wormshill, Frinsted, Bicknor, Bredgar and Milstead, October 2014.
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