Leeds, Kent

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Leeds is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population2,500 (2005)[1]
790 (2011. Including Ashbank and Bexon)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaidstone
Postcode districtME17
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
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 of 1086 called Esledes - an old English word meaning slope or hillside. 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.[3][4] It also has a primary school, Leeds and Broomfield C of E Primary.[5]

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. ^ "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 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ http://www.britishcastle.co.uk/index.php?pageId=England_Kent
  5. ^ "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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