Hartley, Kent

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Hartley Church - geograph.org.uk - 326758.jpg
All Saints Church
Hartley is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population5,359 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ605675
Civil parish
  • Hartley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDA3
Dialling code01474
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°23′13″N 0°18′13″E / 51.386812°N 0.303691°E / 51.386812; 0.303691Coordinates: 51°23′13″N 0°18′13″E / 51.386812°N 0.303691°E / 51.386812; 0.303691

Hartley is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent, England. It is located around 4.5 miles (7 km) southwest of Gravesend and just south of Longfield in the neighbouring borough of Dartford. It is part of the parliamentary constituency of Dartford.[2]


The village of Hartley is recorded as Erclei in the Domesday Book of 1086.[3] with a population of 15 families and 3 slaves.[4] The name Hartley means "place in the wood where the deer are". The parish church of All Saints dates from the early 12th century, although it probably replaced an earlier Anglo-Saxon building.[5]

On 28 January 1554, during Wyatt's Rebellion against Queen Mary, a rebel force of about 500 men led by Henry Isley clashed with a similar-sized loyal force led by Lord Abergavenny and Sir Robert Southwell, at Wrotham Hill. After a running battle over about four miles, the rebels made their last stand at Hartley Wood, where they were defeated.[6]

By 1872, there were 47 houses in Hartley with a population of 244. Some local farms specialised in hop growing.[7] A National School was built in the village in 1841; it was rebuilt in 1960 on a new site.

The opening nearby of Longfield railway station in 1872 began the evolution of the village from an agricultural to a commuter community. Just before World War I, two agricultural estates were purchased by a property developer and sold off in small plots for new houses and bungalows. Major housing developments at New Ash Green in the 1960s and Wellfield in the 1970s continued the trend.[8]

The parish was part of Axstane Hundred and later Dartford Rural District.

Places of worship[edit]

All Saints Church, the Anglican parish church, is Grade I-listed and dates from the 12th century.[9][10] It is supplemented by the All Saints Church Centre in the centre of the village, which is used as a church hall and for worship.[11] St Francis de Sales' Roman Catholic church, a Grade II-listed building, is a 17th-century former barn with timber framing and a thatched roof.[10][12] Hartley United Reformed Church (formerly Congregational) was registered for worship in 1936[10][13] but has closed and was put up for sale,[14] before being demolished and turned into housing.


Hartley Country Club cricket section were the Kent Cricket League Premier Champions in 2008, 2011-2013 and 2015. This is a league that is fought at an extremely high level against well known and respected clubs such as Bromley and Bexley. 2011 was a very successful year-the years accolades include-1st XI champions, 2nd XI champions, 5th XI champions and 20/20 champions.

The Pétanque section membership at Hartley Country Club currently numbers about ninety players, split equally between men and women. The playing standard varies from casual club play to International level, with the majority of players being of good average club standard.


Hartley is served by Arriva Kent bus routes 423/433 with services to Dartford via Bluewater and Longfield and to New Ash Green. Plus the 489 to New Ash Green or to Gravesend via Longfield. The nearest rail link to Hartley is at Longfield station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Who should YOU vote for at the General Election?". whoshallivotefor.com. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The Domesday Book Online - Kent F-N". domesdaybook.co.uk.
  4. ^ Chris Mavricos, SevenSpark. "Hartley Kent: History Index". hartley-kent.org.uk.
  5. ^ "All Saints Church". fawkhamandhartley.org.uk.
  6. ^ Taylor, James D. (2006). The Shadow of the White Rose: Edward Courtenay, Earl of Devon, 1526-1556. Algora Publishing. pp. 89–90. ISBN 978-0-87586-474-7.
  7. ^ "History of Hartley, in Sevenoaks and Kent - Map and description". visionofbritain.org.uk.
  8. ^ Hartley Parish Council - History
  9. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1238242)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Hartley Churches". Peter Mayer (hartley-kent.org.uk). 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  11. ^ "All Saints Church Centre, Hartley. Parish of Fawkham and Hartley, Hartley". A Church Near You website. Archbishops' Council. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1274097)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  13. ^ "No. 34292". The London Gazette. 9 June 1936. p. 3705.
  14. ^ "Hartley United Reformed Church, Ash Road, Hartley, Longfield, Kent DA3 8EL" (PDF). Caxtons Chartered Surveyors. October 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.

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