Leeds, Kent

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Manor House, Leeds - geograph.org.uk - 1613835.jpg
Leeds is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population2,394 (Ward, 2011)[1]
790 (Parish, 2011)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaidstone
Postcode districtME17
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°14′47″N 0°36′24″E / 51.246310°N 0.606630°E / 51.246310; 0.606630Coordinates: 51°14′47″N 0°36′24″E / 51.246310°N 0.606630°E / 51.246310; 0.606630

Leeds is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone district of Kent, England. The parish is located to the east of Maidstone.

The village of Leeds is five miles (8.0 km) from the county town. It appeared in the Domesday Book as Esledes, possibly referring to a stream name.[3][4] It is so called because the village is on the hillside above the River Len, a tributary of the River Medway. An alternative explanation for the name is that it derived its name from Ledian, who built the first wooden fortress here in 978.[5][6] It also has a primary school, Leeds and Broomfield C of E Primary.[7]

St Nicholas's Church has the second largest Norman tower in England. Leeds Priory was dissolved in 1539. To the east of the village is Leeds Castle. The church and the castle are Grade I listed buildings and the site of the priory is a scheduled monument.

To the west and between Otham and Leeds the area of Caring is located. Caring has a number of modern farmhouses, in the style of an Oast house. Another attraction is the old Vineyard, a free tourist feature.


  1. ^ "Leeds Ward (as of 2011) - Local Area Report". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Office for National Statistics (United Kingdom). Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Leeds Parish - Local Area Report". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Office for National Statistics (United Kingdom). Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  3. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. Translated by Williams, Ann; Martin, G. H. London: Penguin Books. 2003. p. 19. ISBN 0-14-051535-6. OCLC 54415956.
  4. ^ Mills, Anthony (2011). A Dictionary of British Place-names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9. OCLC 59290127.
  5. ^ From: 'Leck - Leeds', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 46-55. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51100 Date accessed: 17 May 2009.
  6. ^ "britishcastle.co.uk". www.britishcastle.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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