Paddlesworth shown within Kent
|Population||38 (parish, 2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Folkestone and Hythe|
Paddlesworth was a sighting-point for the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790) linking the Royal Greenwich Observatory with the Paris Observatory, undertaken by General William Roy. A chain of readings was made from high points between the two observatories, including locally from Dover Castle, St Peter's Church, Swingfield, and Aldington Knoll.
The Early Norman Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Oswald. It was built in the 11th century or earlier but underwent alteration in the 13th and restoration in the 19th century. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.
It is said of Paddlesworth that it has the "Highest Church, Lowest Steeple, Poorest Parish, Fewest People". These words can be seen carved in a circle round the edge of the village sign, as seen in the above photograph.
From September to December 2010 a group of writers and artists created the Paddlesworth Press, a "mixed-media, collaborative online novel" based on Paddlesworth with fictional characters and events in a spoof newspaper.
- "St. Oswald's Paddlesworth". Hawkinge. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
- "Church of St. Oswald". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
- Kingsley, Patrick (2010-09-27). "The Paddlesworth Press: the spoof newspaper that's nearly real". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
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