Bapchild

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Bapchild
St.Lawrence Church, Bapchild - geograph.org.uk - 698808.jpg
St.Lawrence Church, Bapchild
Bapchild is located in Kent
Bapchild
Bapchild
Location within Kent
Population1,141 (2011 Census)[1]
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSITTINGBOURNE
Postcode districtME9
Dialling code01795
PoliceKent
FireKent
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Kent
51°19′00″N 0°46′00″E / 51.316666°N 0.766667°E / 51.316666; 0.766667Coordinates: 51°19′00″N 0°46′00″E / 51.316666°N 0.766667°E / 51.316666; 0.766667

Bapchild is a village and civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, England, about two miles inside of Sittingbourne. It lies on the old Roman road (Watling Street) now the A2, and according to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 1,068, including Tonge, increasing to 1,141 at the 2011 Census.[1]

According to Edward Hasted in 1800, it was anciently written 'Beccanceld' which is Old English for 'moist and bleak' and was mostly a marshland.[2]

According to a late seventh or early eighth century charter, the Synod of Baccanceld was held in Bapchild, but historians now believe that the charter is a forgery.[3][4]

The village has its own church, the Grade I listed 'Church of St Lawrence'.[5] in the diocese of Canterbury, in Kent, and in the deanery of Sittingbourne.[2]

Other listed buildings in the parish include, the former post office,[6] No 35, The Street (on the A2 road),[7] and No 1, School Lane [8]

Bapchild was also on the planned extension of the Swale Way (a bypass route, called the 'Sittingbourne Northern Relief road' (built in 2010/11)), which passes over the Milton Creek heads from the A249 road (past Kemsley) towards the Eurolink Industrial estate in Murston and then towards the East Hall Farm residential development.[9] Plans were to extend it, over the railway to Bapchild, and onwards to the Kent Science Park near Highsted,[10] before joining the M2 Motorway, but these have been put on hold due to cost and planning issues.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Hasted, Edward (1800). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 122–132. Retrieved 12 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ * Kelly, S. E. (2004). "Wihtred (d. 725), king of Kent". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/29381. Retrieved 27 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ "S22". The Electronic Sawyer: Online Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Charters. Retrieved 27 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Church of St Lawrence, Bapchild". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "The Post Office, Bapchild". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "35, the Street, Bapchild". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "1, School Lane, Bapchild". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road opens". kentnews.co.uk. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Kent Science Park eyes successful 2012". kentnews.co.uk. 10 January 2012. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Final stage of Northern Relief Road bypass is shelved". courier.co.uk. 16 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)