Bethersden

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Bethersden
St Margaret, Bethersden, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 324105.jpg
St Margaret's Church
Bethersden is located in Kent
Bethersden
Bethersden
Bethersden shown within Kent
Area 26.1 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
Population 1,481 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ927402
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ASHFORD
Postcode district TN26
Dialling code 01233
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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UK
England
Kent
51°07′44″N 0°45′12″E / 51.1290°N 0.7533°E / 51.1290; 0.7533Coordinates: 51°07′44″N 0°45′12″E / 51.1290°N 0.7533°E / 51.1290; 0.7533

Bethersden is a village and civil parish five miles (8 km) west of Ashford, Kent.

The village has two public houses – The Bull and The George. It has a beautiful church (St Margaret's), built in the early 15th century, and a Baptist church (Union Chapel).

Bethersden was formerly well known for producing Bethersden Marble and was a centre of the Kentish wool trade. Lovelace Place in Bethersden was the birthplace of 17th-century poet Richard Lovelace.[citation needed]

Several successful businesses have operated from the village: Stevenson Brothers, who produce high-quality handmade rocking horses; W & D Cole, who make iron gates and railings; and the former Colt Houses, who sold prefabricated timber homes.

The village has a football team and a cricket team, and a small primary school. The school has a tennis club by the park.

The Bethersden Parish Records Society holds the original parish register, maps, books, photographs and other records relating to the village.

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