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Brogdale Oast, Brogdale Road, Ospringe, Kent - - 794647.jpg
Brogdale Oast, Brogdale Road
Brogdale is located in Kent
Location within Kent
OS grid referenceTR0059
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtME13
Dialling code01795
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°18′00″N 0°52′00″E / 51.299999°N 0.866667°E / 51.299999; 0.866667Coordinates: 51°18′00″N 0°52′00″E / 51.299999°N 0.866667°E / 51.299999; 0.866667

Brogdale is a hamlet in Kent, England, located beside the M2 motorway 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Faversham. It is one of several hamlets making up the civil parish of Ospringe and is in the Borough of Swale.


Brogdale was once called "Brokedale". This name comes from the family of John de Brokedale, who resided in the district in the early middle ages. After the family became extinct through lack of male lineage, the manor was owned by John Clerk, who was recorded as living in Brogdale in 1383. In 1734, the parish was owned by Mr. John Knowler, the Mayor of Faversham.[1]

On 10 August 2003 the temperature at Brogdale reached 38.5 °C (101.3 °F), a record for the United Kingdom.[2]


Flowering cherries at the National Fruit Collection

Brogdale Farm is home to the United Kingdom's National Fruit Collection, one of the largest collections of fruit trees and plants in the world.[3] The farm occupies a 150-acre (61 ha) site and has housed the collection since it moved from Wisley in 1952. In the 1980s, the Government cut funding to the site, with closure threatened by March 1990. In response, the Brogdale Horticultural Trust took over co-ownership of the farm with Wye College.[4][5] It has been the home of Faversham miniature railway since 2001.[6]

The farm runs regular fruit-themed festivals throughout the summer and autumn, including the Cherry Festival in July, the Cider Festival in August and the Apple Festival in October. During the fairs, visitors can explore the orchards and there are several expert talks on the various produce.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 499–531. Retrieved 19 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Met Office : November 2010 : Weather Extremes Retrieved 31 December 2010
  3. ^ "A Tour Around Kent's Garden of Eden". BBC News. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "National Fruit Collection in tug of love". The Daily Telegraph. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Private Fears for Apples and Pears". New Scientist: 23. 20 May 1989.
  6. ^ "Planning Items to be submitted to the Planning Committee" (PDF). Swale Borough Council. 26 September 2013. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Brogdale stages its annual Cherry Fair in Faversham". Kent Online. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Ciders, perries and Pims at the Brogdale Cider Festival weekend in Faversham". Kent Online. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Brogdale Apple Festival in Faversham with more than 2,000 apple varieties". Kent Online. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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