Hunton, Kent

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Hunton, Kent
St Mary, Hunton, Kent - - 326630.jpg
St Mary's Church
Hunton, Kent is located in Kent
Hunton, Kent
Hunton, Kent
Hunton, Kent shown within Kent
Population 702 2011 Census
Civil parish
  • Hunton
Shire county
  • Kent
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
List of places
KentCoordinates: 51°13′00″N 0°28′00″E / 51.216667°N 0.466667°E / 51.216667; 0.466667
Hunton Civil Parish Population Time Series 1801-2011

Hunton is a civil parish and village near the town of Maidstone in Kent, England.


In the 1870s, Hunton was described like this;

"The village stands near the river Beult, 3 miles E by S of Yalding r. station, and 4½ SW by S of Maidstone; was once a market town; and has a post office under Staplehurst. The parish comprises 2,061 acres."[1]

Gennings Park

The villages first recorded name was Huntindone in the eleventh century. It's name comes from Old English hunta 'huntsman' and dun 'hill' - 'Hill of the Huntsman'. The Parish was frequently referred to in ancient deeds as Huntington. The name change to Hunton suggests 'tun' meaning village.[2]

The Village[edit]

Within the Parish there are two schools; 'Hunton Church of England Primary School' which was built in 1963 and located at Bishops Lane.[3] The school is small and rural and was rated Good by Ofsted in 2016. It is an 'Outstanding' Church of England school. The other is 'Hunton & Linton Pre-School', in the Village Hall.[4][5] There is also a Language Service based in Hunton, 'Kent Language Services' which provides tuition for business or tourism.[6]

Businesses include a building company, grocers, a gardening company and a pub; 'The White House'.[7] There are more shops and pubs in nearby villages.

The village has a ‘Pop Up’ shop, selling produce either grown or made by Hunton residents. The shop consists of a small stall, which is mobile and can change venue, although it tends to be held in the Village Club. The shop opens for a few hours on different dates along with the Pop Up Cafe. There are a few farms in the area that sell fresh produce and monthly markets are held in Yalding and East Farleigh. Milebush Farm Pick Your Own is in the area just West of Hunton which has a fruit and vegetable shop.[8]

There is no longer a post office in Hunton but there is in the surrounding villages of Yalding, Marden and Coxheath, the village does have 3 post boxes.[9]

There is a local government and parish council. Hunton Herald is a local monthly publication with news, articles, events an adverts about Hunton.[10]

Chart showing Ethnic Groups in Hunton, Kent

Historical Buildings[edit]

There are 71 listed buildings in the Parish of Hunton. 4 buildings are grade listed II*; Stonewall Farmhouse Mounting Block and Garden Wall to East, Buston Manor, Buston Manor Barn and Granary.[11]

St Mary's Church is a Grade I listed building, there is also St Mary's Cemetery there.[12] Grade II listed Hunton Court was the country home of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister from 1905–08.[13]

The Hunton Village Club building dates back to the 1800s, originally believed to be a meeting house and school for young ladies and was once owned by the Hunton Court Estate. Today, the club is run by volunteers to hold events for the village and serves drinks.[14]

Hunton Village Hall was built in 1926 and retains many of its original features. The building is used for events such as weddings and parties today.[15] Around 1986 it was reported to be named a "working-men's" club.[3]

Buston Manor
A Map of Hunton, 1945


River Beult

Transport in Hunton consists of a bus route through the village, the 26 and 26A Nu-Ventre buses travel to either Maidstone or Goudhurst.[16] There is the 28 bus which goes from Marden along East Street run by Arriva.[17]

There is no train station in Hunton but there are two nearby; Paddock Wood and Marden station.[9]


The River Beult runs along the south and west border of Hunton and splits into the River Medway at Yalding.

The physical environment of Hunton is mainly green space and is very rural.[18] There are many farms across the Parish, including Milebush, Bramling Oast Amsbury, Hammonds Cheveney, Willamette Oast Amsbury, Barn Hill and North Park. Many of these farms have Oast Houses, which are common in Kent.


The total number of houses has increased over time; in 1831 there were 137 recorded, 202 in 1961 and 256 in 2011.[19][20] Out of 702 residents, 690 were living in households and 12 in communal establishments reported by the 2011 census.[21]

The houses in Benstead Close were originally Council owned but are now private.[3] The type of properties in the area are mainly large detached historical homes and cottages.[22] Next to Hunton CEP School there are almshouses owned by the church.[3]



The earliest record of Hunton's population was 582, in 1801. The highest population recorded there was 934 in 1891.[23] The population at the 2011 Census was 702, with 342 males and 360 females in the parish.[24] The population time series of Hunton shows this fluctuation over 200 years.


The 2011 Census reported that out of the total 702 residents, 654 were White; English//Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British, 21 were White; Other White, 11 White; Gypsy/Irish Traveller, 6 White; Irish, 5 Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Groups; White and Black African and 5 Other. For 8 other ethnic groups, 0 residents were recorded.[25]

Occupational Structure[edit]

According to 1881 census data, the majority of occupations within the parish were agricultural.[26] The different occupations can be seen in the graph below for both females and males.

The Occupations of Males and Females in Hunton, Kent, 1881

"Hunton fell within the Hundred of Twyford. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Maidstone." [27]

Hunton, Kent Genealogy


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  5. ^ "Welcome to Hunton & Linton Pre-School Nursery Maidstone Kent". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
  6. ^, Mike Everard MJE Designs. "Kent Language Services, European Language Tuition". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
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  13. ^ Historic England. "Hunton Court (1250127)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Accommodation Type Neighbourhood Statistics". 
  21. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Resident Type". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 
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  27. ^ "N.W.Kent Parishes: Hunton". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 

External links[edit]

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