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St Margaret Hothfield 1.jpg
St Margaret's Church, Hothfield
Hothfield is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area9.59 km2 (3.70 sq mi)
Population780 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ970450
Civil parish
  • Hothfield
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAshford
Postcode districtTN26
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′12″N 0°49′08″E / 51.1701°N 0.8190°E / 51.1701; 0.8190Coordinates: 51°10′12″N 0°49′08″E / 51.1701°N 0.8190°E / 51.1701; 0.8190

Hothfield is a village and civil parish in the Ashford Borough of Kent, England and is 3 miles north-west of Ashford on the A20. It is completely split in two by Hothfield Common.


In the north west is Hothfield Common, 58 hectares (143 acres) of heathland and lowland valley bogs: a nature reserve managed by Kent Wildlife Trust,[2]

To the immediate south is the private parkland of the former Hothfield House. This area is crossed by the Greensand Way passing the church en route to Godinton House. A small part of the neighbourhood of Ram Lane is in the far northern point of the civil parish. Small tributaries of the West Stour rise in the parish.


The village has a shop and post office with internal ATM service (closed Tuesday PM and Sunday PM). Hothfield Common has a children's playground and a multi-use all-weather games pitch adjacent to the south east and a car park to the north just off the A20. A large village community centre (hothfield village hall) is located on the edge of the village views over rolling fields The former school is now a children's centre, run by sure start. It is called the bluebells children centre and runs many parent and child groups and midwife and health visitors drop in services


The medieval parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret; it was rebuilt in 1598 after a fire.[3]

Hothfield in Edward Hasted's Topography of Kent (1798) has a substantial amount of information about the history and the then layout of land and settlement.[4]


The village is, for approximately one mile, immediately to the south-east of the A20 road, and is south of the M20 which has a very small border to the far north. It is served by the 10X bus service operated by Stagecoach South East, stopping on the junction of Cades Road and Station Road, as well as the 123 bus service stopping on School Road.

It was served by Hothfield railway station on the Maidstone Line from 1884 until 1959. The nearest railway stations are Ashford International station and Charing station.


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ "Hothfield Heathlands". Kent Wildlife Trust. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  3. ^ Vigar, John E. "St Margaret's Church, Hothfield". Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  4. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent (Volume 7). pp. 514–526. Retrieved 4 May 2014.

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