Plough & Harrow public house, Tilmanstone
Tilmanstone shown within Kent
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Tilmanstone is a small village in Kent, in the South East of England, near Eastry, a much bigger and more developed area. Tilmanstone no longer has a village school; however, the independent Northbourne Park School is close to the parish boundary. The name of Tilmanstone has historically been famous for its colliery, although it is actually located in the village of Eythorne, operated from 1906 to 1986 as one of the four main pits of the Kent coalfield.
The yew tree in the churchyard has been dated to more than 1,200 years, so it is likely that it is older than anything else in the village. The manors of Dane Court, South Court, and North Court form the foundation of the ancient village. The Kent Archaeological Society transcription of 1922 included the North Court and South Court Manor Court Rolls held in the Library of Lambeth Palace. These rolls cover the years 1753–1789. St. Andrew's Parish Church includes the Tilmanstone Brass, which recognized Richard Fogge circa 1482 and features a point perspective with three-dimensional figures, something that at the time was only popular in Florence.
The Tilmanstone Colliery is actually located in the village of Eythorne, on the ridge to the west. Tilmanstone Colliery Halt railway station served the pit between 1916 and 1948.
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