Hawkinge

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Hawkinge
Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge.jpg
The Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge
Hawkinge is located in Kent
Hawkinge
Hawkinge
Location within Kent
Population8,002 (2011)[1]
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFOLKESTONE
Postcode districtCT18
Dialling code01303
PoliceKent
FireKent
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Kent
51°07′01″N 1°09′50″E / 51.117°N 1.1638°E / 51.117; 1.1638Coordinates: 51°07′01″N 1°09′50″E / 51.117°N 1.1638°E / 51.117; 1.1638

Hawkinge (/ˈhɔːkɪn/ HAW-kinj) is now a town and civil parish in the Folkestone and Hythe district of Kent, England. The original village of Hawkinge is actually just less than a mile (c. 1.3 km) due east of the present village centre (roughly 51° 6'55.14"N, 1°11'2.00"E);[2] the modern, much larger, village of Hawkinge was formed by the merging of Hawkinge and Uphill.[3] Walking south from the village past it is possible to see stunning views of Cheriton, Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel complex.

World War II[edit]

During World War II, RAF Hawkinge was the closest operational airfield to France[4] and was used during the Battle of Britain. The airfield is now the site of extensive residential development, which has expanded Hawkinge's population to 9,000. Depending on further building, the population is still expected to grow to 11,000. The construction of the houses was hampered by the discovery of several pipe bombs, put there in the event of a German invasion to render the airfield useless to enemy airplanes. There are several reminders of the war in and near the site of the original village; the Kent Battle of Britain Museum and various pillboxes are scattered amongst the farms.

Hawkinge Cemetery is near the site of the aerodrome and most of the 95 Second World War casualties buried there were airmen. About a quarter were killed during the Battle of Britain. Most of the war graves are in a special plot east of the chapel, including 59 German graves, which are together in a group at the south-eastern corner.[5]

Governance[edit]

Hawkinge is in the Folkestone and Hythe Westminster constituency.

On Kent County Council, Hawkinge forms part of the Elham Valley Division, represented by Cllr Susan Carey (Conservative). On the Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Hawkinge is covered by the North Downs East ward, represented by Cllrs David Godfrey, Philip Martin, and Stuart Peall (all Conservative). Hawkinge Town Council consists of thirteen elected members; Eleven Conservatives, one UKIP and one Independents.[6]

Transport[edit]

The A260 which runs from Folkestone to Barham, where it meets with the A2 to Canterbury originally ran through the centre of the village, before it was replaced with a new bypass opened by Michael Howard on Monday 9 July 2007. The southern section, built in the early 2000s, leads from the A20 to a roundabout where it meets with the northern section. This new section carries traffic around the village centre onto the existing road.

Michael Howard opening the Hawkinge bypass

There is a regular bus service that connects the village to either Folkestone or Canterbury. These are normally run by Stagecoach and have route numbers 19, 16 & 73 (Easy Access Bus).

Shops and services[edit]

There are two local churches. The Anglican parish church is St Luke's, the ancient parish church of St Michael's having been declared redundant in 1980;[7] and the Baptist Church, having sold its small building, meets in a modern chapel on the first floor of Hawkinge Community Centre.[8]

There are two primary schools: Hawkinge Primary School in the old village,[9] and The Churchill Primary School.[10]

The village publishes its own online newspaper, the Hawkinge Gazette.[11]

The village also has its own local Scout group, 3rd Hawkinge.[12]

Notable residents[edit]

Music connections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ Historical notes on Hawkinge
  3. ^ Unofficial Hawkinge Website Archived 2005-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ KENT BATTLE OF BRITAIN MUSEUM About Former RAF Station Hawkinge Archived 2013-09-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.
  6. ^ Hawkinge Parish Council Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hawkinge old church Archived 2009-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Hawkinge Baptist Church Archived 2009-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Hawkinge Primary School
  10. ^ The Churchill Primary School
  11. ^ Hawkinge Gazette
  12. ^ '3rd Hawkinge Scout Group'

External links[edit]

Media related to Hawkinge at Wikimedia Commons