Tovil

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Coordinates: 51°15′51″N 0°30′35″E / 51.2642°N 0.5096°E / 51.2642; 0.5096

Tovil
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The Royal Paper Mill on Tovil Hill
Tovil is located in Kent
Tovil
Tovil
 Tovil shown within Kent
    - London  33 miles (53 km) NW 
District Maidstone
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MAIDSTONE
Postcode district ME15,
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Maidstone and the Weald
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Tovil is a civil parish in the Borough of Maidstone, in Kent in the South East of England.

It is a mixture of residential and industrial zoning, with an increase in commercial usage towards the centre of Maidstone, and more arable use on the outskirts.

Tovil has a history of paper mills on the Loose Stream near the River Medway, which ceased operation in the 1980s. These included Great Ivy Mill, Hayle Mill, Upper Tovil Mill, Lower Tovil Mill and Bridge Mill. These and other mills located along the Loose Stream which flows through Tovil were formerly used for fulling, corn and in one case gunpowder. Alabaster Passmore had an important printing works in Tovil and there were other small industries and a railway siding. Many of the industrial units have since been replaced by housing.

One notable local business is loudspeaker manufacturer KEF, which is based on Eccleston Road in Tovil. Goachers microbrewery is also based there.

The church of St Stephen was built in around 1840. The architect was John Whichcord Snr. It is built of ragstone ashlar in the Early English style.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Images of England [1] Retrieved 27 May 2011