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Chiddingstone Post Office
Chiddingstone is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,250 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ495455
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEdenbridge
Postcode districtTN8
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°11′10″N 0°08′54″E / 51.186090°N 0.148450°E / 51.186090; 0.148450Coordinates: 51°11′10″N 0°08′54″E / 51.186090°N 0.148450°E / 51.186090; 0.148450

Chiddingstone is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England.[2] The parish is located on the River Eden between Tonbridge and Edenbridge. The village of Chiddingstone Causeway and the hamlet Chiddingstone Hoath are also included in the parish.[3] It is an example of a Tudor one-street village.[4]

The village[edit]

Origin of name[edit]

The natural sandstone Chiding Stone

A popular theory is that the village takes its name from a large sandstone rock formation, situated on its outskirts, named the Chiding Stone. Chidingstone was a previous spelling used for the village.[5] Tradition asserts that the stone was used as a seat of judgement, mainly to remonstrate overbearing local wives. It has also been wrongly described as a Druidical ritual site and more convincingly suggested as being a landmark used as a Saxon boundary marker. Chiddingstone means "the stone of Chidda's tribe" — Chidda presumably being a local Saxon leader.

Ownership of village[edit]

Chiddingstone is unique in that, apart from the church and the Castle, the entire village is owned by the National Trust. It is described as being " the most perfect surviving example of a Tudor village in the county".

Film location[edit]

The village was used as a setting in the 1985 Merchant Ivory film A Room with a View, in the scene where Lucy and Cecil take a walk after their engagement party.[6] The High Street is seen from the end nearest to the Castle Inn.

Michael Winner used Chiddingstone in his production of The Wicked Lady. Terry Jones and the Monty Python team filmed here for Wind in the Willows - Mr Toad's Wild Ride.[6] Elizabeth R, starring Glenda Jackson was largely made here,[6] as was Gerald Scarfe's Life of Hogarth.

Parish Church[edit]

The medieval Church of St. Mary.

St. Mary the Virgin, Chiddingstone is a large parish church which enhances the look of the village, and is perhaps the fourth built on that site. In the churchyard is a gazebo dating from 1736 built by Henry Streatfeild; leading down into the Streatfeild family vault beneath which has a through flow of air provided by vents in two false altar tombs, one adjacent to the gazebo and the other some 30' north.

The church was almost destroyed by a lightning fire in 1624. In recent years it has had new heating, lighting and sound systems installed. In addition to this, a chapel, at the base of the tower, has been constructed in 1979 with adjoining lavatory added in 2007.

The parish[edit]

There are several reserves in the area including:

Penshurst railway station is located in the village of Chiddingstone Causeway. It is on the line between Tonbridge and Redhill.

Nearest settlements[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  2. ^ The History of the Parish of Chiddingstone in Kent Archived 21 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Chiddingstone Causeway Archived 22 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Chiddingstone Village Overview".
  5. ^ Parishes: Chidingstone, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 210-227, British History Online.
  6. ^ a b c "Chiddingstone - Kent Film Office". Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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