Lullingstone

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Lullingstone
Lullingstone1Aerialview.jpg
Aerial view of Lullingstone Castle
Lullingstone is located in Kent
Lullingstone
Lullingstone
Location within Kent
OS grid referenceTQ528644
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDartford
Postcode districtDA4
Dialling code01322
PoliceKent
FireKent
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
List of places
UK
England
Kent
51°21′29″N 0°11′35″E / 51.35813°N 0.19318°E / 51.35813; 0.19318Coordinates: 51°21′29″N 0°11′35″E / 51.35813°N 0.19318°E / 51.35813; 0.19318

Lullingstone is a village in the county of Kent, England. It is best known for its castle, Roman villa and its public golf course.

Lullingstone was a civil parish until 1955, when it was annexed to Eynsford.[1] The parish was in Axstane Hundred and its successor Dartford Rural District.

History[edit]

Pre-Roman[edit]

It is believed that an Iron Age hill fort is sited on the hill above the castle, although this is unconfirmed.

Roman Occupation[edit]

Lullingstone Roman villa was discovered in 1939, and is believed to have been built around 100 AD. It contains some of the finest excavated remains of a Roman villa in Britain, including a Romano-Christian chapel, displaying some of the earliest evidence of Christianity in Britain.

20th century[edit]

Nearby is the site of a decoy airfield for the nearby Biggin Hill airfield. Known as a Q-site, this was intended to entice bombers to misinterpret it as Biggin Hill.[2]

In 1937 a plan was announced to create an airport the size of Heathrow in Lullingstone. The area of land had been reserved and construction of Lullingstone railway station to serve the site began. The proposal was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II.[3]

Lullingstone Country Park was established in the 20th century.

Nearest places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Vision of Britain through Time - Your national on-line library for local history - Maps, Statistics, Travel Writing and more". www.visionofbritain.org.uk.
  2. ^ The Lullinstone Decoy, Kent Life
  3. ^ Lullingstone station kentrail.co.uk

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