Bobbing, Kent

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St Bartholomew, Bobbing, Kent
Bobbing is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,969 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ8865
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSittingbourne
Postcode districtME9
Dialling code01795
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°21′00″N 0°42′00″E / 51.349998°N 0.700000°E / 51.349998; 0.700000Coordinates: 51°21′00″N 0°42′00″E / 51.349998°N 0.700000°E / 51.349998; 0.700000

Bobbing is a village and civil parish in the Swale district of Kent, England, about a mile north-west of Sittingbourne, and forming part of its urban area. The hamlet of Howt Green and village of Keycol are encompassed within the parish. According to the 2011 census Bobbing parish had a population of 1,969.[1]

The parish of Bobbing, according to Edward Hasted in 1800, contains about seven hundred and eighty acres of land, of which forty were wood.[2]

The mediaeval manor house of Bobbing Court, now a Grade II listed ruin, was built by the Savage family; it passed to the distinguished soldier Sir Conyers Clifford, and then by marriage into the St. Leger family.[3]

The village church, St Bartholomew, is a grade I listed building.[4] It is within the diocese of Canterbury and deanery of Sittingbourne.[5] According to Edward Hasted in 1798, the church consisted of two small aisles and two chancels, having a tall spire steeple at the west end of it, in which are five bells.[6]

The strange career of Titus Oates, inventor of the Popish Plot, included a brief period as Vicar of Bobbing.[7] He was presented with the living by the local squire, Sir George Moore (who had recently purchased Bobbing Court) in 1673, but his drunkenness and blasphemy so horrified his parishioners that they ejected him before the end of the year.[8]

In 2003, the Cremation Society of Great Britain opened the "Garden of England Crematorium" on the outskirts of the village.[9]


The village is located beside the A249 road. The Chatham Main Line passes the village but there is no railway station.


  1. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics Bobbing (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Gov UK. March 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ Hasted, Edward (1800). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 192–203. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  3. ^ Mosley ed. Burke's Peerage 107th Edition Vol.1 p.1160
  4. ^ "Church of St Bartholomew, Bobbing". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  5. ^ "St Bartholomew, Bobbing". A Church Near You. Archbishops' Council. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes Bobbing". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 192–203. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  7. ^ Kenyon, J.P. The Popish Plot Phoenix Press reissue 2000 p.54
  8. ^ Kenyon p.54
  9. ^ "Garden of England Crematorium". London Cremation Company. The London Cremation Company plc. 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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