New Hythe

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New Hythe is a village in mid-Kent, England on the banks of the River Medway approximately 5 miles northwest of the county town of Maidstone. It derives its name from the Old English word Hythe, meaning haven or landing place.

During the 20th century it held a relatively prominent position in the local economy due to having its own railway station and a large paper mill based there. The mill was one of Europe's largest, but in 2009 was reported to be on the brink of closure. [1]

It was also the home to Meridian's newsroom and studio for the south eastern television region until 2004 when the station relocated its Kent operations to the Maidstone Studios in Vinters Park, Maidstone, the former home of the previous southern ITV franchise holder TVS.[2]

Once distinct and visibly separate from its surrounding villages, the large scale development of neighbouring Larkfield from the 1960s onwards, the building of Lunsford Park in the 1970s and 1980s, and most recently the development of the Leybourne Lakes area, has seen New Hythe become effectively subsumed into the general Larkfield conurbation.


  1. ^ "SCA ‘brings New Hythe mill closure forward’, says Unite". Packaging News. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Meridian TV news is on the move". The Press Gazette. 2004-05-14. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 

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Media related to New Hythe at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°18′36″N 0°26′53″E / 51.31000°N 0.44806°E / 51.31000; 0.44806