Langley, Kent

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Langley is located in Kent
Langley shown within Kent
Area 2.945 sq mi (7.63 km2[1]
Population 1,128 (2001 Census) [2]
1,187 (2011 Census)[3]
• Density 383/sq mi (148/km2)
Civil parish
  • Langley Parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 01622
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Official Langley website
List of places
51°14′11″N 0°35′03″E / 51.236386°N 0.584196°E / 51.236386; 0.584196Coordinates: 51°14′11″N 0°35′03″E / 51.236386°N 0.584196°E / 51.236386; 0.584196

Langley is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. The parish is located on the A274 road leading south from Maidstone to Headcorn .


Langley is a common English place-name, from the Old English lang leah or ‘long field or woodland’. This village first appears in the records in 814 as Longanleag.

The village church is dedicated to St Mary. Behind this church is a lake, which is possible place for 'trial by cold water'[citation] a medieval way, when the jury couldn't decide on a persons innocence, to try them. the idea that God would decide. If the accused floated they were guilty because the water rejected them. If they sank, the water accepted them and thus were innocent. As is often thought it is not if they drowned, but the result was drowning im some cases!. It had to be close to the church because the water would be holy.

Maidstone museum exhibits articles excavated from a site in Langley believed to have been a walled Roman cemetery.


The village is five miles (8 km) from the county town.

Culture and Community[edit]

The village has two public houses, The Horseshoes, and The Plough.

Its post office has been closed for over 10 years.

There is also 'Langley Heath', which by it, is a woods, called Abby Wood.

It also has a golf range, and hosts a boot fair, most Sundays, in late spring to early September.

There is also a village hall, on it is a playing field with room for 2 football pitches, and a small play area, and a basketball net.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics
  2. ^ Census, 2001
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 

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