East Farleigh

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East Farleigh
East Farleigh from Station Hill.jpg
East Farleigh is located in Kent
East Farleigh
East Farleigh
 East Farleigh shown within Kent
Population 1,356 (2001)
OS grid reference TQ7335051225
   – London  32 miles (51 km) 
District Maidstone
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidstone
Postcode district ME15
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Maidstone and The Weald
List of places

Coordinates: 51°14′00″N 0°29′00″E / 51.233333°N 0.483333°E / 51.233333; 0.483333

East Farleigh is a village and civil parish[1] in the local government district of Maidstone, Kent, England. The village is located on the south side of the River Medway about two miles (3.2 km) upstream of the town of Maidstone.[2] The Grade I listed East Farleigh Bridge crossing the river here was built in the 14th century and is considered to be one of the oldest in Kent; although it is not particularly suitable for modern traffic conditions, owing to its narrowness. It provided the crossing point for the Parliamentary forces in the Battle of Maidstone during the Civil War.[3]

East Farleigh appears in the Domesday Book as Ferlaga from the Saxon words referring to a passage (over the river in this case). The nearby village of West Farleigh has the same roots.[4] The 12th-century church is dedicated to St Mary and is a listed building.[5] East Farleigh House was the home of the noted artist Donald Maxwell from 1930 to 1936, and he is buried in the churchyard. There are four public houses in the parish: The Bull in the centre of the village; and The Horseshoes, The Victoria and the Walnut Tree.[6]

East Farleigh railway station (due to a boundary quirk, technically in Barming) is on the Medway Valley Line.

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