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St James the Great's Church
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East Malling is a village in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, in the part of the civil parish of East Malling and Larkfield lying south of the A20 road. In 2019 the ward had an estimated population of 5478.
The earliest recorded reference to East Malling is "in a Charter of King Edmund (942 – 946 AD) which refers to ‘East Mealing’, describing a gallows." East Malling was recorded in the Domesday Book as Mellingete.
Farming was common in the area until the 1960s including hops and fruit orchards, and some of this activity remains today including the East Malling Research Station. After World War II, Malling Rural District Council developed the Step Stile and Clare Park housing estates.
The ragstone church is dedicated to St James the Great, and forms part of a Conservation Area on the High Street.
St James is the primary school and the main secondary school for the area is The Malling School.
There is a railway station at East Malling with services to Maidstone, Ashford & London.
Much of the location filming for the 1960s BBC comedy programme "Mr Pastry" took place in the countryside around East Malling. Richard Hearne who starred had lived in a neighbouring village, St Mary Platt, and knew the area well.
- "East Malling". City Population De. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
- Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/downloads/file/1252/medway-gap-character-area-spd-adopted-part-1
- "Kent A-E". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
- Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1099148