Seal, Kent

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Not to be confused with Deal, Kent.
Seal High Street.jpg
A view along Seal High Street
Seal is located in Kent
 Seal shown within Kent
Population 2,491 [1]
OS grid reference TQ549567
Civil parish Seal
District Sevenoaks
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TN15
Dialling code 01732
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
List of places

Coordinates: 51°17′18″N 0°13′20″E / 51.2882°N 0.2223°E / 51.2882; 0.2223

Seal is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The parish is located in the valley between the North Downs and the Greensand ridge to the north east of Sevenoaks town.

The village, on the A25 road, although ancient, is fast becoming part of the built-up area of Sevenoaks.

In early documents the name of the village is often given as 'Sele', 'Sale', 'Zela' or 'La Sela'. Until recently it was supposed to come from the French word 'salle' meaning a hall but there is no evidence to support this. The etymology of place names suggests that the name of the village could have come from the Anglo-Saxon word 'sole' or 'sol' meaning a 'muddy slough, wallowing place' or a 'muddy pond that overflows'. Seal still has a pond at the fork at the bottom of Park Lane which tends to overflow at the present day. Another possibility is Anglo-Saxon sēale = "group of sallow trees".

'Seal: The History of a Parish' by Jean Fox, David Williams and Peter Mountfield, published by Philimores in 2007, gives comprehensive coverage of the village's history.

St Peter and St Paul's church

Seal's church, the oldest parts of which date from the 13th Century, is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul and is a grade I listed building. [2] The ecclesiastical parish only became separate from Kemsing in 1874, although there may well have been a Saxon church on the site of the present building. Visitors to the church, which is normally open during the day, can pick up a free guide leaflet pointing out features of interest. There are more details on the church website [1], and a page for family historians with some records of burials and baptisms at the church (not complete) and information about where to find others.

Seal was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086

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  1. ^ a=3&b=795539&c=seal&d=16&e=15&g=459160&i=1001x1003x1004&o=1&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779 National Statistics Census 2001
  2. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL List entry Number: 1243497". English Heritage. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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