East Farleigh

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East Farleigh
East Farleigh from Station Hill.jpg
East Farleigh is located in Kent
East Farleigh
East Farleigh
Location within Kent
Population1,500 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ7335051225
• London32 miles (51 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaidstone
Postcode districtME15
Dialling code01622
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°14′00″N 0°29′00″E / 51.233333°N 0.483333°E / 51.233333; 0.483333Coordinates: 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[2] 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 from the town of Maidstone.[3]


The Grade I listed East Farleigh Bridge crossing the river here was built in the 14th century and is considered one of the oldest in Kent. It is too narrow to suit modern traffic conditions. It provided the crossing point for the Parliamentary forces in the Battle of Maidstone during the Civil War.[4]

The population of the village expanded from 642 people in 1801 to 1,668 in 1881. The population growth occurred in parallel with an increase in hop production, which the tithe map of 1841 show covering a quarter of all land in the parish, 40 years before peak production was reached. Hops are no longer grown in the parish. The last oast house in the village ceased working in 1977.[5]

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.[6] The 12th-century church is dedicated to St Mary and is a listed building.[7] 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.[8]

East Farleigh railway station (actually in the parish of Barming) is on the Medway Valley Line.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Reynold Pympe, politician
  • Two sons of William Wilberforce, both of whom were vicars of East Farleigh, are buried in St Mary's churchyard. William Wilberforce himself spent some time at The Old Rectory shortly before he died.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ East Farleigh Parish Council
  3. ^ Pictures and notes on the village Archived 2008-01-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Royle, Trevor (2004) Civil War - The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660 ISBN 0-316-86125-1
  5. ^ a b "Farleighs' History Society - History of East Farleigh". www.eastfarleigh.net. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. ^ British History on Line: Edward Hasted 1798 notes on the village
  7. ^ 1
  8. ^ Public Houses in East Farleigh