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Scuttington Manor Oast House
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inside church of St Peter and St Paul, Lynsted
Lynsted is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population1,600 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ 943036
Civil parish
  • Lynsted with Kingsdown
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSittingbourne
Postcode districtME9
Dialling code01795
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°18′47″N 0°47′09″E / 51.313°N 0.7859°E / 51.313; 0.7859Coordinates: 51°18′47″N 0°47′09″E / 51.313°N 0.7859°E / 51.313; 0.7859

Lynsted is a village in Lynsted with Kingsdown civil parish in the Swale borough of Kent, England. The village is situated south of the A2 road between Faversham and Sittingbourne and the nearest M2 junction is Faversham three miles east. Lynsted is in many respects an archetypal old English village with church, churchyard with an ancient yew, pub (the Black Lion) and a duck pond. The village is locally referred to as Lovely, Lovely Lynsted and various songs have been written about it.


The parish's southern part is on the north slope of the North Downs; Bluetown, Kingsdown is at 104 m above mean sea level and Erriottwood at 67 m. Its extent stretches from, in the north, the Roman road Watling Street, later named Greenstreet and now named London Road, where the hamlets south of it are Cellarhill or Cellar Hill and Claxfield (that borders across the road Teynham) to, in the south, Erriottwood. Bogle in the north-centre and Tickham in the east are the two other hamlets, within 14 mile of the centre. The land drains well with chalks of the North Downs.


Church of Saints Peter and Paul
The Black Lion pub

Lyndsted is not featured in the Domesday Book of 1086; the closest featured location is Milton Regis to the north-west.[2]

There is a church to St Peter and St Paul[3] with the highest, grade I, architectural listing status. It is a 14th-century broach-spired church, with 13th-century features and its chancel is 16th century.

The monuments include the south Roper chapel to Sir John Roper, 1st Baron Teynham, d.1618, containing a brass chandelier dated 1686. There are brasses to Elizabeth Roper, d.1567, to John Worley, d.1621, with 2 foot figures, and a painted alabaster effigy of a stiff recumbent knight with his lady on a marble sarcophagus, whilst a son and two daughters kneel on a panel to the rear in a coffered niche, with an architectural surround with corinthian capitals, a dentil cornice, obelisks and a cartouche.

There is an effigy of Lord Christopher Roper, d.1622, signed by sculptor Epiphanius Evesham subtitled 'Me fecit', with plaster figures of a reclining and dying knight draped with his ermine cloak, with his kneeling and mourning wife behind him. He lies on a sarcophagus with a central inscription, flanked by carved panels of 2 sons, their backs turned to their hounds and hawks, and 5 daughters and granddaughters.

The north Huggeson chapel contains a memorial to Catherine Drurye (née Finche) d.1601, an alabaster hanging monument with a kneeling couple facing each other, their children behind, with bracketed base; also there are monuments to John Huggeson d.1634; Josiah Huggeson, d.1639; James Huggeson, d.1646 (a recumbent man and wife on bolection-moulded sarcophagus); Rudolph Weckerlin, d.1667; Anne Delaune, d.1719; Martha Huggeson, d.1753; and William Huggeson, d.1774.[3]

From this it can be seen that the Huggeson and Roper families were among the wealthiest landowners from at least the 16th century; they developed their dedicated chapels with artistically acclaimed monuments.

The village centre is a conservation area containing 24 listed buildings.[4]

Notable people[edit]


Lynsted in elections every four years elects two representatives to Kent County Council who are currently:

Election Member[5] ward
2009 Mr Alan Willicombe Swale Central
2009 Mr Mark Whiting Swale Central

Lynsted elects two representatives to Swale Borough Council, they are currently:

Election Member[6] Ward
2011 Richard Barnicott Teynham and Lynsted
2011 Lloyd Bowen Teynham and Lynsted



  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Domesday Extracts postcode finder". Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1069393)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  4. ^ "The National Heritage List for England". English Heritage. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  5. ^ Kent County Councillors. Retrieved 2012-04-30
  6. ^ Swale Borough Councillors. Retrieved 2012-04-30
  7. ^ "Parish council members". Lynsted and Kingsdown Parish Council. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2012.

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