A view along Otford high street, just along from the central pond
Otford shown within Kent
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Otford is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. It is located north of the town Sevenoaks and on the River Darent, flowing north down its valley from its source on the North Downs. At its centre is a church, village pond and multiple pubs and shops. The idyllic traffic island in the village of Otford, is also the only circular junction in the UK to have been granted listed status.
The name is a contraction of Otterford, possibly derived from Offa, the King of Mercia who fought a battle at Otford against the Kentish Saxons in 776 at the Battle of Otford. Notable landmarks are the Archbishop's Palace, the duck-pond roundabout and the scale model of the solar system which claims to be one of the largest scale modes of the solar system in the world. The Anglican parish church of Otford is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew. Otford Methodist Church, Otford Evangelical Free Church and the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity also serve the village; the buildings were registered for marriages in 1936, 1959 and 1981 respectively.
From circa 650 to 750, during the Early Medieval period, Polhill Anglo-Saxon cemetery was used as a place of burial. The archaeologist Brian Philp suggested that the community who buried their dead at Polhill likely lived at Otford, noting that from the centre of the village, the cemetery was visible.
Otford lies on the A225, a main road between Dartford and Sevenoaks. The presence of the site of a Roman villa, in addition to the remains of an ancient trackway, suggests that this road has a long history. The M26 motorway uses the valley here as part of its route.
- Pilgrims' Way
- "Otford a Country Paradise". 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "Places of Worship" (PDF). Sevenoaks District Council. 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 14 August 1936. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 1 May 1959. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 18 March 1981. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Philp, Brian (2002). The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Polhill near Sevenoaks, Kent 1964–1986. Kent: Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit. p. 33. ISBN 0-947831-223.
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