Wye with Hinxhill

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Wye with Hinxhill
St Mary Hinxhill 1.jpg
St Mary's Church, Hinxhill
Wye with Hinxhill is located in Kent
Wye with Hinxhill
Wye with Hinxhill
Location within Kent
Population2,384 (2001)[1]
2,282 (2011)[2]
OS grid referenceTR055466
Civil parish
  • Wye with Hinxhill
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTN25
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′53″N 0°56′29″E / 51.1815°N 0.9413°E / 51.1815; 0.9413Coordinates: 51°10′53″N 0°56′29″E / 51.1815°N 0.9413°E / 51.1815; 0.9413

Wye with Hinxhill is a hillside civil parish in the borough of Ashford northeast of Ashford, Kent itself, centred 3.7 miles (6.0 km) NNE of the town centre. The North Downs range of hills has a high escarpment on the east and west borders of the village, flanking a gap caused by the River Great Stour in the centre of the parish.

The combined village has a relatively low population and a large geographical area. The civil parish council meets monthly to administer local government resources, funding, and planning community events and facilities. It contains the main village of Wye and the much smaller Hinxhill and had a combined population of 2,300 in 2001. By the time of the 2011 Census, the population had reduced to 2,282.


The A28 road passes through the parish from Ashford to Canterbury.


Wye compared in the 2001 UK Census
Wye Ashford
Population 2,405 102,661 49,138,831
Foreign born 14.6% 5.5% 9.2%
White 94.9% 97.6% 90.9%
Asian 1.8% 0.9% 4.6%
Black 1.2% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 75.2% 76.5% 71.7%
Muslim 1.1% 0.6% 3.1%
Hindu 0.4% 0.3% 1.1%
No religion 15.3% 14.6% 14.6%
Unemployed 1.7% 2.4% 3.3%
Retired 16.8% 13.8% 13.5%

At the 2001 UK census (before the college closed), the Wye electoral ward had a population of 2,405. The ethnicity was 94.9% white, 1.5% mixed race, 1.8% Asian, 1.2% black and 0.6% other. The place of birth of residents was 85.4% United Kingdom, 1.1% Republic of Ireland, 4.5% other Western European countries, and 9% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 75.2% Christian, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.4% Hindu, 0% Sikh and 0.2% Jewish, 1.1% Muslim. 15.3% were recorded as having no religion, 0.2% had an alternative religion and 7.2% did not state their religion.[3]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 28.2% in full-time employment, 9.3% in part-time employment, 9.6% self-employed, 1.7% unemployed, 7.7% students with jobs, 16.6% students without jobs, 16.8% retired, 5.4% looking after home or family, 2.8% permanently sick or disabled and 2% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 12.8% retail, 9.3% manufacturing, 5.3% construction, 14.1% real estate, 9.9% health and social work, 17.7% education, 4.8% transport and communications, 5.5% public administration, 6.2% hotels and restaurants, 2.4% finance, 6.2% agriculture and 5.8% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in agriculture, education, hotels and restaurants. There were a relatively low proportion in manufacturing, construction, retail, finance, transport and communications. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 33.5% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[3]


Also following the valley, the Great Stour river and the Stour Valley Walk pass through the parish from Ashford to Canterbury. The river here is navigable to canoes and small boats.

In popular culture[edit]

Author Russell Hoban repurposes Hinxhill as "Hagmans II" in his 1980, post apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker. Wye becomes "How".[4]


  1. ^ Ashford Borough Council[permanent dead link] Census 2001
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Places - Riddley Walker Annotations". Errorbar. Archived from the original on 29 July 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2022.