Harrietsham shown within Kent
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Harrietsham is a rural village and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, it has a population of around 1,504. The parish is located on the slope of the North Downs, east of Maidstone. Within its boundaries are settlements at Marley, Pollhill and Fairbourne.
The village contains a number of listed buildings, the most important of which architecturally are The Old House in East Street and the Saxon Church of St John the Baptist, which are both listed Grade I. The village also includes a church dedicated to St Peter, a Roman Catholic church and several nonconformist churches.
In mediaeval times the manor of Harrietsham passed through a succession of families, including the Adam family of Essex. The manor subsequently passed from Stephen Adam to his sister Eve, wife of John Levett of Hollington, East Sussex. On Levett's death, his widow remarried Laurence Ashburnham, Gent., of Broomham, Sussex, ancestor of the Ashburnham baronets, bringing the manor of Harrietsham into the Ashburnham family.
The Olympic Torch of London 2012 travelled through Harrietsham.
- The Will of Richard Adames, 16 February, 1523, Kent Archaeological Society
- Harrietsham, Kent, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, Volume 5, Edward Hasted, 1798, British History Online
- A General and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, John Burke, 1832
- "London 2012: Torch stop at Margate Turner Contemporary". BBC. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
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