Coordinates: 51°8′18″N 1°0′3″E / 51.13833°N 1.00083°E / 51.13833; 1.00083
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Brabourne is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area14.77 km2 (5.70 sq mi)
Population1,309 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density89/km2 (230/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTR085405
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townASHFORD
Postcode districtTN25
Dialling code01303
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
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51°8′18″N 1°0′3″E / 51.13833°N 1.00083°E / 51.13833; 1.00083

Brabourne is a village and civil parish in the Ashford district of Kent, England. The village centre is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Ashford town centre.


The village originated around the village church and this area is now usually referred to as East Brabourne. The original village has been outgrown by Brabourne Lees, a development on former common land, closer to the A20 and M20 roads. The western part of the parish is a rural area with scattered farms.


St Mary the Virgin's Church

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Blessed Virgin; there is also a Zion Strict Baptist Chapel in Brabourne Lees. The church of St. Mary is a building of stone, in the Norman and Early English styles, and has a tower which was restored in 1923-24, containing six bells, increased to eight in 2002. There are numerous monuments to the Scott family, some brasses and several stained glass windows, one of which contains very early glass; the church affords seating for 200.[citation needed] The restoration was carried out by Sir Gilbert Scott.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Author Russell Hoban repurposes Brabourne as "Brabbas Horn" in his 1980, post apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker.[3]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 247
  3. ^ "Places - Riddley Walker Annotations". Errorbar. Archived from the original on 29 July 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2022.

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