Little Chart

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Little Chart
Little Chart Church.jpg
The replacement St. Mary the Virgin Church
Little Chart is located in Kent
Little Chart
Little Chart
Little Chart shown within Kent
Area 6.01 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
Population 234 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ943459
Civil parish
  • Little Chart
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashford
Postcode district TN27
Dialling code 01233
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′45″N 0°46′51″E / 51.1791°N 0.7809°E / 51.1791; 0.7809Coordinates: 51°10′45″N 0°46′51″E / 51.1791°N 0.7809°E / 51.1791; 0.7809

Little Chart is a civil parish and small village, centred 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Ashford in Kent, South East England and wholly south of the M20 motorway.


Within the parish boundaries is the linear settlement village centre by the old water mill and two smaller neighbourhoods less than 500m east:

  • Little Chart Forstal (the term forstal means the land in front of a farm and farmyard; cp Painters Forstal[2]). Colloquially known as The Forstal, it is home to Little Chart Cricket Club.
  • Rooting Street

The river flowing eastwards, passing a long mill pond and mill on its way, is the West Stour.


The ruined church of St. Mary the Virgin; destroyed in 1944 by a V1 flying bomb.

The secular property that would have had the highest grading of listed building in the parish, Surrenden Park,[3] half in Pluckley, was owned by the Dering family for over 400 years; the family estate covered about four square miles of Kent. Part of their property was Calehill Park,[4] to the north. Neither property now exists: Surrenden succumbed to fire in 1952; Calehill was demolished in 1951.


Little Chart is situated close to the M20 motorway. The closest railway station is Charing.


The Swan Inn

The original village church, to St Mary the Virgin and the Holy Rood, was wrecked in 1944 by a V-1 flying bomb during World War II;[5] it stood on a site further upstream from the village, near Chart Court. The new church is now within the village.[6]

The Ford Paper Mill, named after the one-time ford over the Great Stour, has a long history, and is still in operation dealing in salvaged paper.[7]

The Stour Valley Walk, which follows the Great Stour river, and the Greensand Way, from north to south, are both routed through the village. The village has a large pub, The Swan Inn.[8]

Past residents[edit]

Jonathan Bates, the Oscar-nominated sound engineer and youngest son of acclaimed writer H. E. Bates, was born in the village.[9]


External links[edit]

Media related to Little Chart at Wikimedia Commons