Little Chart

Coordinates: 51°10′45″N 0°46′51″E / 51.1791°N 0.7809°E / 51.1791; 0.7809
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Little Chart
The replacement St Mary the Virgin Church
Little Chart is located in Kent
Little Chart
Little Chart
Location within Kent
Area6.01 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
Population234 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ943459
Civil parish
  • Little Chart
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAshford
Postcode districtTN27
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′45″N 0°46′51″E / 51.1791°N 0.7809°E / 51.1791; 0.7809

Little Chart is a village and civil parish, situated 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Ashford in Kent, South East England. The parish lies south of the M20 motorway.


Within the parish boundaries is the linear settlement village centre by the old water mill and two smaller neighbourhoods less than 500m east:

  • Little Chart Forstal (the term forstal means the land in front of a farm and farmyard; cp Painters Forstal[2]). Colloquially known as The Forstal, it is home to Little Chart Cricket Club.[3]
  • Rooting Street

The river flowing eastwards, passing a long mill pond and mill on its way, is the West Stour.


The ruined church of St Mary the Virgin; destroyed in 1944 by a V1 flying bomb.

The secular property that would have had the highest grading of listed building in the parish, Surrenden Park,[4] half in Pluckley, was owned by the Dering family for over 400 years; the family estate covered about four square miles of Kent. Part of their property was Calehill Park,[5] to the north. Neither property now exists: Surrenden succumbed to fire in 1952; Calehill was demolished in 1951.


Little Chart is situated close to the M20 motorway. The closest railway station is Charing.


The Swan Inn

The original village church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and the Holy Rood, was wrecked in 1944 by a V-1 flying bomb during World War II;[6] it stood on a site further upstream from the village, near Chart Court. The new church is now within the village.[7]

The Ford Paper Mill, named after the one-time ford over the Great Stour, has a long history, and is still in operation dealing in salvaged paper.[8]

The Stour Valley Walk, which follows the Great Stour river, and the Greensand Way, from north to south, are both routed through the village. The village has a large pub, The Swan Inn.[9]

Past residents[edit]

Jonathan Bates, the Oscar-nominated sound engineer and youngest son of acclaimed writer H. E. Bates, was born in the village.[10]

Australian-born current affairs and sports journalist and broadcaster Jeffrey Thomas owned and lived in the Grade II listed Forstal Farmhouse with his family in the 1970s,[11] where he was instrumental in the formation of the Little Chart Cricket Club in the Kent Village Cricket League.[12]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ Painters Forstal
  3. ^ "Little Chart CC". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ The Surrenden Estate Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Calehill Park
  6. ^ Little Chart old church Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Little Chart new church Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Ford Paper Mill history Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ The Swan Inn
  10. ^ Monks, Mick (3 December 2008). "Obituary: Jonathan Bates". London. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  11. ^ "FORSTAL FARMHOUSE, Little Chart - 1320570 | Historic England". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Little Chart CC". Retrieved 20 August 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Little Chart at Wikimedia Commons