Paddock Wood

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Coordinates: 51°10′32″N 0°23′44″E / 51.1756°N 0.3955°E / 51.1756; 0.3955

Paddock Wood
Paddock Wood church.JPG
St Andrew's Church
Paddock Wood is located in Kent
Paddock Wood
Paddock Wood
 Paddock Wood shown within Kent
Population 8,263 (2001)
OS grid reference TQ675445
Civil parish Paddock Wood
District Tunbridge Wells
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TONBRIDGE
Postcode district TN12
Dialling code 01892
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Tunbridge Wells
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England
Kent

Paddock Wood is a small town and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells and county of Kent in England, about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Maidstone. At the time of the 2001 census it had a population of 8,263,[1] and is the centre for hop growing in Kent.

Government[edit]

Paddock Wood has three tiers of local government: parish, borough and county.

Borough council[edit]

Since 1974 Paddock Wood has formed part of the Borough of Tunbridge Wells. The borough is governed by a 48 member council. The town elects 4 borough councillors, with 2 each for the Paddock Wood East and Paddock Wood West wards. They are all members of the majority Conservative Party.[2]

County council[edit]

The upper tier of local government is provided by Kent County Council. The county council has 84 members, with each representing an electoral district. Paddock Wood forms part of the electoral district of Tunbridge Wells Rural.[3]

Geography[edit]

View of Commercial Road facing south west from the station

The commercial areas of Paddock Wood are separated by the railway line.

To the South of the railway lies Commercial Road which runs north east to south west through the town, and is the main shopping street. At the north east end of the street is the entrance to the Railway Station. Commercial Road is home to the branches of several banks, a variety of take-aways, a restaurant and a number of small shops including Fishing Emporium. To the east of Commercial Road, runs Maidstone Road. This road runs north to Beltring and East Peckham, and south to Matfield, and is the main route into and out of the town.

To the north of the railway line lie the industrial areas. Eldon Way Industrial Estate can be found to the east and is home to branches of Initial City Link and British Car Auctions, among others. To the west is the larger Transfesa Road and Paddock Wood Distribution Centre. This is the home to a number of companies including Gabriel Chemie UK Ltd, Norman Collett, CoolChain, Ketlon, Mack Multiples, Warburtons and a Whirlpool warehouse, which was destroyed in a large fire in early July 2005.[4]

Culture and community[edit]

Mascalls Gallery, a public art gallery opened in 2006 on the site of Mascalls School. It has a frequently changing programme of exhibition featuring national and international known artists. These have included Henry Moore, LS Lowry, Graham Sutherland and Lee Miller as well as artists from Latin America, Japan and America. In 2010 Mascalls Gallery exhibited for the first time in the UK drawings by Marc Chagall for nearby Tudeley Church.

Transport[edit]

Paddock Wood is on the B2160 and B2161 roads and not too far from the A228, A264, A21 and A26 roads. The A21 in the area suffers from congestion and traffic problems.[citation needed] It is served by Paddock Wood railway station.

Education[edit]

The town has two schools, Paddock Wood Primary School which was built in 1909,[5] and which has approximately 600 pupils[6] and Mascalls School, (a comprehensive secondary school), opened in 1956 and has around 1400 pupils,[5] and it takes its pupils from Brenchley, Matfield, Capel, Five Oak Green, East Peckham, Horsmonden, Lamberhurst and Yalding, as well as Paddock Wood itself.[7]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from Paddock Wood include Jonathan White who works at CBRE lives in Paddock Wood

References[edit]

  1. ^ office for National Statistics: Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts: Tunbridge Wells Retrieved 2010-01-01
  2. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "The County of Kent (Electoral Changes) Order 2004". Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "BBC News – Warehouse collapsing after fire". 5 July 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Walker, Jack (1985). Beginnings and Bygones of Old Paddock Wood. Paddock Wood, Kent: J C Walker. 
  6. ^ "Paddock Wood Primary School – Our School". 
  7. ^ "Mascalls School – About Mascalls". 

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