|Area||6.39 km2 (2.47 sq mi)|
|Population||186 (Civil Parish 2011)|
|• Density||29/km2 (75/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference||TR076493|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
Crundale is a mostly rural village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent in southeast England. The village covers a section of one of the dual escarpments of the North Downs at this point, about halfway between Ashford and Canterbury.
About a quarter of the village is woodland, and barring its western side which slopes steeply to the Great Stour, which is at 92 feet (28 metres) above sea level, most of the rest of its land is at more than 260 feet (80 metres) above Ordnance Datum.
The community living in the civil parish is relatively small - many of its activities are shared with the neighbouring parish of Godmersham.
An early Anglo-Saxon gold buckle and other princely items from a grave dating from the mid-7th century were found in the Crundale Downs in 1861 and are now in the British Museum. The intricately designed object is notable for the representation of a three dimensional appliqué fish.
The early Norman parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Blessed Virgin and is a building listed in the highest category of the national system, at Grade I. It is on the escarpment of the Crundale Downs, a less eroded top layer of the escarpment, making it higher, about half a mile southeast of the village mainstay which is made up of dual clusters very close to each other and connected by road and by separate footpath. The tombs of Juliana Hervey and Reverend Francis Paine are separately listed.
A national trail footpath runs north-south through the civil parish, linking to Canterbury and to Ashford.
- ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
- ^ British Museum Collection
- ^ Church to St Mary Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1299607)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- ^ a b Outline civil parish map Neighbourhood Statistics. The Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
Media related to Crundale, Kent at Wikimedia Commons
- Crundale Church at John E. Vigar's Kent Churches