Istead Rise

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Istead Rise
St. Barnabas Church, Istead Rise - - 1147623.jpg
St Barnabas Church
Istead Rise is located in Kent
Istead Rise
Istead Rise
Istead Rise shown within Kent
Population 3,437 (2011.ward)[1]
OS grid reference TQ636700
• Charing Cross 25 mi (40 km) WNW
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Northfleet, GRAVESEND
Postcode district DA13
Dialling code 01474
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°24′22″N 0°21′07″E / 51.406°N 0.352°E / 51.406; 0.352Coordinates: 51°24′22″N 0°21′07″E / 51.406°N 0.352°E / 51.406; 0.352

Istead Rise is a village 3 miles (5 km) south of Gravesend in Kent, England. It is in the borough of Gravesham and has a population of 3,437 (2011 census).[1]

The name of the village is not an ancient one; it first appears as a road-name on the Ordnance Survey 25" map of 1907. At that time Istead Rise was the only road in the region and led to Frog's Island at its western end. The name may be connected to a field-name, Highstead, appearing as plot 690 on the Northfleet tithe award of 1838.

By road, it is 23 miles (37 km) east of London on the A2 road. The nearest railway station is 1.7 miles (3 km) away at Meopham (34 minutes from London Victoria). Istead Rise is 3.7 miles (6 km) from Ebbsfleet International railway station which opened in 2007 for Eurostar services to Paris, Brussels and Lille. In June 2009, North Kent commuter trains started running on the high-speed track to London St Pancras (16 minutes away), stopping only at Stratford International.

The new Linear Park, on the site of the old A2, is 15 minutes' walk away, 5 minutes by bike, and is suited to cycling, walking and jogging. At one end are Nell's Cafe and Shorne Country Park, and at the other end is Sainsbury's. The new Cyclopark opened there in September 2012.

Istead Rise Primary School provides education for children till the age of 11. In addition, on the site of the primary school, there are two nursery schools.

St Barnabas Church (Church of England), founded in 1957, is located near the shops.

There is a small parade of shops with an Indian restaurant, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, Co-Op, hardware store and dry cleaner. On Lewis Road there is a hairdresser, florist and dentist. There is also a new medical practice. Also there is a new project, Speak Up Youths, that is ongoing every Tuesday 4:30- 5:30 at the community centre. This is where Youths can share their ideas for the community or talk to us about any issues. For more info visit

Istead Rise was a pig-farming community in the 1860s, situated in the North Downs pathway.[citation needed] A pig farm was on what is now the site of Istead Rise Primary School. Kent County Council bought the site for its school in the 1960s. Until then Istead Rise did not have a school as there were insufficient children in the area to make this viable. As well as a pig farm on Downs Road, there were orchards on what are now the Community Centre fields and the surrounding housing area. There was also a flower farm with large greenhouses around what is now Flower Hill House and Flowerhill Way. Frog Island is on the site of what is now Istead Rise Parade. Frog Island is also the name of the local Morris Men group. References to these can be found in the local history of Istead Rise The Rise of the Rise, by Ken Jones.

Istead Rise community centre was destroyed by a fire started during a burglary on 20 March 2007. The centre was re-built and opened again on 17 December 2008.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Gravesham Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ Centre restoration begins a year after fire Archived 2008-03-21 at the Wayback Machine., News Shopper