Halstead, Kent

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Halstead is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,607 (2011 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSevenoaks
Postcode districtTN14
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°20′N 0°8′E / 51.333°N 0.133°E / 51.333; 0.133

Halstead is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. It is located 4.7 miles south east of Orpington & 6.1 miles north west of Sevenoaks, adjacent to the Kent border with Greater London. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census is 1,607.[1]

The name Halstead is derived from the Old English hald (refuge, shelter) and stede (site, place), meaning 'safe place' or 'place of refuge'. The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret. Halstead Community Primary School is located in the village.

Botanist and photographer Anne Atkins lived since 1841 to her death at Halstead Place, were she is buried. Author Edith Nesbit spent some of her adolescence in Halstead during the 1870s and her book The Railway Children is thought to be based on her time living in a house, Halstead Hall, whose garden is about a mile and a half from the railway line.

The parish is adjacent to Fort Halstead, a government defence research centre that is thought to have developed Britain's first atomic bomb



The nearest National Rail station to Halstead is Knockholt, located 1.4 miles away.


Halstead is served by London Buses routes R5 & R10, and Go Coach route 3, connecting it with Orpington & Sevenoaks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  • Hasted, Edward - "The History of Kent" pp319–322 (1788, reprinted 1972).
  • Kitchener, Geoffrey - "Halstead in Kent - An Historical Guide" (1978).

External links[edit]

Media related to Halstead, Kent at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°20′N 0°8′E / 51.333°N 0.133°E / 51.333; 0.133