Boughton Malherbe

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For other "Boughtons" in Kent see Boughton under Blean; Boughton Malherbe; and Boughton Monchelsea
Boughton Malherbe
Boughton Malherbe is located in Kent
Boughton Malherbe
Boughton Malherbe
 Boughton Malherbe shown within Kent
District Maidstone
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°12′51″N 0°41′35″E / 51.214050°N 0.693040°E / 51.214050; 0.693040

Boughton Malherbe (/ˈbɔːtən ˈmælərbi/b BAW-ton MAL-erby) is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone district of Kent, England equidistant between Maidstone and Ashford. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 428.

Boughton Place, a 16th-century manor house, was home to Sir Henry Wotton and other members of the Wotton family and was later owned by the Earls of Chesterfield and the Earls Cornwallis. Many of the Wottons are buried in the Church of St Nicholas.

Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston (1851–1926) who was a Home Secretary, lived at Chilston Park, and has a memorial stone dedicated to him in the village church.[1]

In August 2011 a hoard of more than 350 bronze weapons, tools, ornaments and other objects dating to the late Bronze Age was found in a field at Boughton Malherbe by two metal detectorists. The objects are of types that are unusual in southern Britain, but are common in northern and north-west France and therefore it is thought that the objects were made in France and later brought to southern Britain where they were subsequently buried in about 875–800 BC.[2]