Village Hall and War Memorial
Dunton Green shown within Kent
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Dunton Green is a small village (forming a northern suburb of Sevenoaks) and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England, lying in the valley of the River Darent, three miles north of Sevenoaks. The village is designated as being part of the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty, due to its proximity to the North Downs. The original ecclesiastical church parish of Dunton Green was part of Otford parish. The former parish church was dedicated to St John the Divine.
From at least the 17th century, Dunton Green was a centre for making bricks and tiles. In 1862 the Dunton Green Brick, Tile and Pottery Works was established: a large concern with clayholes or pits, kilns and an engine house. Whilst digging for clay many fossils were discovered.
Places of worship
St John the Divine's Church, the Anglican parish church, was designed by M.T. Potter and built in 1889–90 using local bricks. It was declared redundant in 1987 after congregations declined, and is now in commercial use. The village Anglican church is now St Mary's, Riverhead and its distinctive green copper spire can be seen rising up in the distance from the village. Dunton Green Free Church opened in 1873 in a building which later became the Bethel Free Church, associated with the Assemblies of God Pentecostal denomination. The Free Church moved to a new building on Station Road, opened in September 1937. Still with its original name, it remains open and is a member of the Congregational Federation.
Dunton Green railway station provides frequent fast train services (25–40 minutes depending on time of day) to London Cannon Street, London Bridge, London Waterloo and London Charing Cross.
Otford station, with its regular 30-minute services to London Victoria, is a 5-minute drive away.
There are also regular bus services to central Sevenoaks and surrounding villages. The Arriva 402 bus links the village with Sevenoaks, Tonbridge for Hospital at Pembury| Tunbridge Wells, Bromley, and Farnborough Hospital. The Arriva 452 bus links Dunton Green with Sevenoaks, Bat & Ball, Seal, and Kemsing. There is also the Go Coach 401 bus service that can be caught at Riverhead Tesco, and runs every day; providing a service between Sevenoaks and Westerham (Tonbridge on Sundays and Bank Holidays).
Leisure and facilities
Sevenoaks Information provides a comprehensive What's on events diary for Dunton Green and the surrounding area.
Dunton Green Community Forum and events calendar. Add your own event and discuss local news.
The Dunton Green Social Club offers great entertainment in the village most weekends.
National and regional walking trails pass through the village and there are various local footpaths too. The Darent Valley Path is accessed from Rye Lane and follows the course of the River Darent from Sevenoaks to Dartford. There is also a local footpath that follows the north of Chipstead Lake and takes you to Chipstead. The North Downs Way passes the northern end of the village at London Road. Heading west will take you along the North Downs to Betsoms Hill, Titsey, and eventually on to Farnham. Heading east will take you to Otford, up to Wrotham, and eventually on to the White Cliffs of Dover.
Along the London Road there are many shops, businesses, pubs, and restaurants. The main village arcade is situated between Dunton Green Primary School and Lennard Road. There are three pubs; The Miners Arms, The Dukes Head, and The Rose and Crown – all are situated along the London Road.
The nearest local Library is in Riverhead and is run by Kent County Council; it has specific week day hours of opening. You can order library items online for collection and there are telecottage facilities available.
Digital television has been available for aerials pointing east in Dunton Green since 2006 from the Blue Bell Hill Transmitter for Kent & Sussex TV transmissions, which is also now broadcasting in HD.
- "The Church of England Statistics & Information: Lists (by diocese) of closed church buildings as at October 2012" (PDF). Church of England. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Homan 1984, p. 52.
- "Places of Worship" (PDF). Sevenoaks District Council. 2009. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- "Dunton Green". Congregational Federation. 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Registered in accordance with the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (Number in Worship Register: 57988; Name: Dunton Green Free Church (Congregational); Address: Station Road, Dunton Green; Denomination: Congregationalists). Retrieved 11 November 2012. (Archived version of list)
- "A Brief History of Dunton Green Free Church: Out of the mists of History". Dunton Green Free Church. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
- Sevenoaks Information
- Dunton Green Information
- Media related to Dunton Green at Wikimedia Commons