Thurnham, Kent

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Thurnham Friars
Thurnham is located in Kent
 Thurnham shown within Kent
Population 1,085 (2001)
OS grid reference TQ805579
Civil parish Thurnham
District Maidstone
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district ME14
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Faversham and Mid Kent
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Coordinates: 51°17′29″N 0°35′23″E / 51.2914°N 0.5897°E / 51.2914; 0.5897

Thurnham is a village and civil parish which lies at the foot of the North Downs 3 miles (4.8 km) north east of Maidstone in the Borough of Maidstone and ceremonial county of Kent in England. It has a population of 1,085.[1]

There have been several archaeological finds in the area: a 7th-century gold cross found in 1967; Anglo-Saxon graves in 1913; and the remains of Roman house, excavated in 1933. The remains of Thurnham Castle are just north of the village. Two miles further north are the fragmentary remains of Binbury Castle, a medieval fortified manor house beside a medieval motte.

St Mary's church, a pre-Norman building and Milgate House are Grade I listed buildings.

The railway station at Bearsted, opened on 1 July 1884, was originally named Bearsted and Thurnham. Residents of the village recently joined forces with the neighbouring village of Bearsted, in voicing their objections to the proposed Kent International Gateway development.


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