Newington, Swale

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This article is about Newington, Swale. For Newington, Shepway, see Newington, Shepway. For Newington, Thanet, see Newington, Thanet.
Newington is located in Kent
 Newington shown within Kent
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district ME9
Dialling code 01795
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°21′07″N 0°40′04″E / 51.352°N 0.6679°E / 51.352; 0.6679

Newington is a village in Kent, England on the A2 road (originally a Roman road) between Rainham to the west and Sittingbourne to the east. The local district council is Swale. Newington acquired its name (Neweton) in Saxon times meaning 'New Town' built on an old one. The original town was probably Roman and possibly the site of the lost Roman station Durolevum. The remains of a Roman villa were discovered at Boxted Farm, Newington in 1882.

The village has its own Railway Station which is situated on the Chatham Main Line between Sittingbourne and Rainham.

The local church is St Mary the Virgin and there is also a Methodist church [1].

St Mary the Virgin Church is an impressive aspect of the town with a long history. It was built sometime between 1163 and 1177 by Richard de Lucy, with additions being made in the 13th and 14th century. The church was to eventually become the property of Henry VIII who gave it to the Provost and Fellows of Eton College in 1531. The patron today is the Archbishop of Canterbury. There is a stone in the church car park known as the Devil's Stone, which is said to bear the Devil's footprint.[1]

Newington holds the national collection of Witch Hazel which is kept at the Witch Hazel Nursey[2] in Calloways Lane

Newington Manor, now a conservation area,[3] is to the south of the village.

The Newington Pill Boxes: Newington has at least four World War I pill boxes (or bunkers) at various locations.


Sporting teams[edit]

Newington has a very successful and popular cricket club. Members of the Medway Sunday League, they field two Sunday XI's that play home games at either Bobbing Court (just off Rook Lane) or at Upchurch Cricket Club. Read about their latest triumphs via the club website.


Being a small village, entertainment is at a premium in Newington. However there are Chinese and Indian takeaways, a tearoom Cafe Vintage and one pub, The Bull, which, sadly, is the village's sole remaining pub.[4] In the past several other pubs existed in Newington and many of those buildings still stand: the White Hart (now an office and was a general store), the Wheatsheaf (letting agents) and the George (houses) are all on the High Street.

A food and crafts fair is held in the Village Hall on the first Sunday of the month (11am-4pm).

The parish council organises an annual Village Festival[5] at the primary school on a Saturday in mid-July. It includes a tug-of-war tournament.


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