Kennington, Kent

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Kennington Memorial Gate and Shelter - - 691331.jpg
Kennington Memorial Gate and Shelter
Kennington is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population2,400 (2005)[1]
4,076 (2011)[2]
OS grid referenceTR021449
Civil parish
  • Kennington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townASHFORD
Postcode districtTN24, TN25
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′03″N 0°53′30″E / 51.1674°N 0.8918°E / 51.1674; 0.8918Coordinates: 51°10′03″N 0°53′30″E / 51.1674°N 0.8918°E / 51.1674; 0.8918

Kennington is a suburb of Ashford and civil parish in Kent, England. It is about a mile northeast of the town centre and north of the M20 motorway, and contains the 12th-century church, St Mary's. The main A28 Canterbury Road and A2042 Faversham Road run through the village, and the A251 Trinity Road skirts the western edge. In recent years the village has expanded with the building of new housing estates in the Little Burton and Towers View areas.

The Great Stour river and the Kennington stream run through the area.


Kennington was an ancient parish, which became a civil parish in 1866. In 1934 the civil parish was abolished and absorbed into Ashford.[3] On the 1st of April 2019 a new parish was created.[4]

Local Government[edit]

New Borough ward boundaries will take effect from May 2019,[5] and Kennington will also be represented by a parish council, which will be called Kennington Community Council.[6] The new Borough and Community Council wards are as follows:

Borough Ward Councillor Party Community Council Ward Number of Community Councillor Seats
Bockhanger Diccon Spain Labour Grosvenor Hall 4
Kennington Nathan Iliffe Conservative Kennington 4
Bybrook Howard Turner Ashford Independent Bybrook 4
Conningbrook and Little Burton Farm Katherine Ovenden Ashford Independent Little Burton Farm 3
Goat Lees (part) Winston Michael Ashford Independent Kennington North 1


There is one secondary school in the village, the Towers School, with a local junior school, Kennington CE Academy, and an infants school, Downs View Infants School. Since the county still operates a grammar school system, those who pass the Kent Test (which replaced the 11+) are given the opportunity to attend the grammar school in Ashford, the Norton Knatchbull School or Highworth Grammar School.[7]


The Rose Inn, Kennington

Kennington is home to 1st Kennington Scout group, a long running scout group that includes all factions of the Scouting association; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers (also known as 'Big Cubs'), and a highly successful branch of Network, dubbed 'The Roosters', featuring local minor celebrity 'Little' John Sheret.

Kennington has four pubs, "The Old Mill" (formerly The Golden Ball), "The Conningbrook Hotel" (formerly The Pilgrims Rest), "The Rose Inn", "The Pheasant" and "The Kennington Carvery".


Kennington compared
2001 UK Census Kennington Ashford district England
Population 2,321 102,661 49,138,831
Foreign born 6.9% 5.5% 9.2%
White 96.3% 97.6% 90.9%
Asian 1.6% 0.9% 4.6%
Black 0.5% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 79.5% 76.5% 71.7%
Muslim 0.6% 0.6% 3.1%
Hindu 0.7% 0.3% 1.1%
No religion 10.3% 14.6% 14.6%
Unemployed 1.9% 2.4% 3.3%
Retired 13.4% 13.8% 13.5%

At the 2001 UK census, the Kennington electoral ward had a population of 2,321. The ethnicity was 96.3% white, 1.1% mixed race, 1.6% Asian, 0.5% black and 0.5% other. The place of birth of residents was 93.1% United Kingdom, 0.6% Republic of Ireland, 1.9% other Western European countries, and 4.4% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 79.5% Christian, 0.2% Buddhist, 0.7% Hindu, 0.2% Sikh, 0.1% Jewish, and 0.6% Muslim. 10.3% were recorded as having no religion, 0.3% had an alternative religion and 8.2% did not state their religion.[8]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 43.3% in full-time employment, 14% in part-time employment, 10.2% self-employed, 1.9% unemployed, 3.6% students with jobs, 4.9% students without jobs, 13.4% retired, 4.7% looking after home or family, 2.6% permanently sick or disabled and 1.5% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 16.1% retail, 13.8% manufacturing, 7.8% construction, 12.1% real estate, 10.9% health and social work, 8.4% education, 8% transport and communications, 6.6% public administration, 5.7% hotels and restaurants, 5% finance, 1.1% agriculture and 4.5% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in hotels and restaurants, and a relatively low proportion in agriculture. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 21.6% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[8]


  1. ^ "2005 Ward Level Population Estimates" (PDF). Kent County Council. September 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2007.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ Vision of Britain website
  4. ^ "The Ashford Borough (Reorganisation of Community Governance) (Kennington Community Council) Order 2019" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ The Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017
  6. ^ Ashford Borough Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) (Kennington Community Council) Order 2018
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Retrieved 22 February 2008.

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