Otford

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Coordinates: 51°18′35″N 0°11′12″E / 51.30969°N 0.18657°E / 51.30969; 0.18657

Otford
Otford is located in Kent
Otford
Otford
 Otford shown within Kent
Population 3,528 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TQ525590
District Sevenoaks
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sevenoaks
Postcode district TN14
Dialling code 01959
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Sevenoaks
List of places
UK
England
Kent

Otford is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. It is located north of Sevenoaks. The village is located on the River Darent, flowing north down its valley from its source on the North Downs.

History[edit]

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 "the largest scale model 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;[1] the buildings were registered for marriages in 1936,[2] 1959[3] and 1981[4] respectively. From circa 650 to 750, during the Early Medieval period, Polhill Anglo-Saxon cemetery was used as a place of burial. 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.[5]

Railway[edit]

Otford station is located in the village and has services northbound to Central London via Bromley South and southbound to Ashford International via Maidstone East and to Sevenoaks.

Communications[edit]

Road

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.

Footpaths

The village is a key stopping-off point on the North Downs Way which runs through the village as it crosses the Darent Valley, intersecting the Darent Valley Path.

Pilgrims' Way

Passing through Otford is the Pilgrims' Way, the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, England, to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

Leisure[edit]

Sevenoaks Information[6] provides a comprehensive What's On events diary for Otford and surrounding area.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Places of Worship" (PDF). Sevenoaks District Council. 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34314. p. 5356. 14 August 1936. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 41697. p. 2864. 1 May 1959. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 48556. p. 3896. 18 March 1981. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Sevenoaks Information