Selling, Kent

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Coordinates: 51°16′16″N 0°55′18″E / 51.2711°N 0.9218°E / 51.2711; 0.9218

Selling
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St Mary Church, Selling
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Stone Stile Oast with orchards, Selling
Selling is located in Kent
Selling
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 Selling shown within Kent
Population 701 2001 census
Civil parish Selling
District Swale
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FAVERSHAM
Postcode district ME13
Dialling code 01227
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Faversham and Mid Kent
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Selling is a village and civil parish south of Faversham and west of Canterbury in Kent, England.

Geography[edit]

The village is hilly, sloping down Kent Downs AONB to the south and east, with its northern point at an elevation of 30m and a southern ancient earthwork on the summit of Perry Wood at 145m.[1]

Surrounding are its hamlets of Hogben's Hill, west, Gushmere, north, Neames Forstal by the station to the northeast, Shepherds Hill and Perrywood, south. There is a network of roads however neither rivers nor A or B roads within this parish. A pumping station is sited at the northern most point which is on Bromley Lane which runs the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to Junction 7 of the M2.

The village has a single country estate; owned by the Swire Family and there are several farms, the largest of which is Norham Farm owned by Gaskains.

There is a peak view point over the City of Canterbury and countryside to Sandwich Bay in the woodlands at The Mount in Perry Wood[2] which has an adjoining picnic area and walks.

Education[edit]

There is a small primary school, Selling Church of England Primary School (founded 1872), for years 1-6 (approximate ages 5–11). It currently has 162 pupils.[3]

Governance[edit]

Selling in elections every four years elects one representative to Kent County Council, this is currently:

Election Member[4] Ward
2009 Andrew Bowles Swale East

Selling elects two representatives to Swale Borough Council, currently:

Election Member[5] Ward
2011 George Bobbin Boughton and Courtenay
2011 Andrew Bowles Boughton and Courtenay

History[edit]

The village dates back to the Domesday Survey and is recorded as 'Selinge' or Sellinge subtus Bleane'.[6]

The tax of the manor of the Selling in 1130, was given to the Monastery of St. Augustine. In 1252, (after the Dissolution of the Monasteries), it passed to Sir Anthony St. Leger. His son Sir Warham St. Leger passed it to Sir Michael Sondes (of Throwley). His descendant was Sir George Sondes, earl of Faversham. Then Louis de Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham and Lewis Watson, 1st Earl of Rockingham (who had married the daughters of Sir George). It later stayed in the Watson family. In 1800 Earl Sondes was the owner.[6]

The church of St Mary has the highest architectural, Grade I, listing and surrounded by a cluster of varying date historic houses (averaging 17th century) just off the slightly more densely populated heart of the village. Each stained glass lancet window is intricately decorated, with the arms of Gilbert de Clare[disambiguation needed] and others dating the earliest to between 1299–1307 and the transepts of the church itself are approximately 1190 with the rest of the large structure 13th, 15th and 19th century.[7]

St Mary's Church interior

The following other buildings are listed (at Grade II) in the village centre:

Greenways[8]
The White Lion Public House[9]
Gate And Overthrow 20 m S. of Church[10]
Norham House[11]
Barn about 30 m S. of Norham House[12]
Bier House or Mortuary Chapel 30 m SE of Church[13]
Church House[14]
The Village Shop[15]
Luton Cottages[16]
Norham Cottage[17]
Old Oast Cottage[18]
Stables and Pump about 10 m E. of the Old Vicarage[19]
Luton Cottage[20]
Forge Cottage[21]
Ye Olde Timbers[22]
The Old Vicarage[23]
Luton House[24]

There are several oast houses in the area, such as the Harefield Oast house, designed for kiln (drying) hops as part of the beer brewing process

Transport[edit]

Shottenden Crossroads

The nearest railway stations are Selling and Chilham. Selling railway station is about 1 km northeast of the village on the Chatham Main Line and is between Faversham and Canterbury East station with direct connections to London Victoria and Dover Priory stations.

The current typical off peak services from both of these stations combined are:

Trains/hour Destination
1 London Victoria via Chatham
1 London Charing Cross
1 Dover Priory via Canterbury East

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elevation tool". Grid Reference Finder. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kent Downs points of interest". Kent County Council Supported Organisation. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Selling C of E Primary School, Faversham, Kent". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  4. ^ Kent County Councillors. Retrieved 2012-04-30
  5. ^ "Councillors for the borough". Swale Borough Council. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Institute of Historical Research) 7: 38–50. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1343628)". National Heritage List for England .
  8. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1069078)". National Heritage List for England .
  9. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1067724)". National Heritage List for England .
  10. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1067757)". National Heritage List for England .
  11. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1069069)". National Heritage List for England .
  12. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1069070)". National Heritage List for England .
  13. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1069074)". National Heritage List for England .
  14. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1069075)". National Heritage List for England .
  15. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1069077)". National Heritage List for England .
  16. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1076975)". National Heritage List for England .
  17. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1344042)". National Heritage List for England .
  18. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1344046)". National Heritage List for England .
  19. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1344047)". National Heritage List for England .
  20. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1344048)". National Heritage List for England .
  21. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1344049)". National Heritage List for England .
  22. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1356566)". National Heritage List for England .
  23. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1356593)". National Heritage List for England .
  24. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1356612)". National Heritage List for England .
  25. ^ "National Rail Enquiries". ATOC. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

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