Newington, Swale

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A2 High Street
Newington is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population2,551 (2011 Census)[1]
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtME9
Dialling code01795
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°21′07″N 0°40′04″E / 51.352°N 0.6679°E / 51.352; 0.6679Coordinates: 51°21′07″N 0°40′04″E / 51.352°N 0.6679°E / 51.352; 0.6679

Newington is a village and civil parish in the borough of Swale in Kent, England. The parish is located beside the A2 road (originally a Roman road) between Rainham to the west and Sittingbourne to the east. The population of the parish in 2011 was 2,551.[1]

The village has its own railway station which is situated on the Chatham Main Line between Sittingbourne and Rainham.[3]

The parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, is a grade I listed building.[4] It was built between 1163 and 1177 by Richard de Lucy, with additions being made in the 13th and 14th century. The church was to eventually become the property of Henry VIII who gave it to the Provost and Fellows of Eton College in 1531. The patron today is the Archbishop of Canterbury. There is a stone in the church car park known as the Devil's Stone, which is said to bear the Devil's footprint.[5]

Newington village sign was provided by Mrs. S Huxtable in 2007. It holds a memorial plate in memory of Mr. P Huxtable. (Husband of Mrs S. Huxtable)

Newington holds the national collection of Witch Hazel which is kept at the Witch Hazel Nursery[6] in Calloways Lane

Newington Manor, now a conservation area,[7] is to the south of the village.

The Newington Pill Boxes: Newington has at least four World War I pill boxes (or bunkers) at various locations.


Newington acquired its name (Newetone) in Saxon times meaning 'New Town' built on an old one.

The Roman Watling Street runs through the village.

The ancient settlement was rediscovered in 2019 and is the site of late Iron Age remains dating from 30BC and a Roman town. An archaeological dig covering 18 acres and carried out by SWAT Archaeology has found, among others, iron furnaces and pottery kilns as part of a manufacturing site, a Roman temple (Watling Temple), a seven metre wide Roman road and thousands of pottery remains.[8] The newly discovered road predates Watling Street and takes an alternative route.[9] The wealth of objects uncovered means analysis is ongoing (June 2021).

It was also possibly the site of the lost Roman station Durolevum.[10] The remains of a Roman villa were discovered at Boxted Farm, Newington in 1882.[11]

One of the earliest references to Newington comes from a charter c1131 regarding Sheppey Monastery. It refers to Aveline, the mother of Richard de Lucy of Newington, Kent.[12]

Amateur historians belonging to Newington History Group work to research, record and protect the village history and heritage. Their annual Heritage Open Days event draws villagers and visitors from across north Kent and their history and nature walks aim to introduce Newington's attractions to a wide audience.


  • Don Potter, a 20th-century sculptor and potter, was born in Newington.

Sporting teams[edit]

Newington has a very successful and popular cricket club. Members of the Medway Sunday League, they field two Sunday XI's that play home games at either Bobbing Court (just off Rook Lane) or at Upchurch Cricket Club. Read about their latest triumphs via the club website.


Being a small village, entertainment is at a premium in Newington. However, there are Chinese and Indian takeaways, and one pub, The Bull, which is the village's sole remaining pub.[13] In the past several other pubs existed in Newington and many of those buildings still stand: the White Hart (now an office and was a general store), the Wheatsheaf (letting agents) and the George (houses) are all on the High Street.


  1. ^ a b "2011 Census Parish population" (PDF). Kent Gov UK. Office for National Statistics. 2011. p. 13. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Kent Parish Councils - Newington Parish Council". Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Newington (NGT)". National Rail Enquires. National Rail. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Church of St Mary - Newington". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ "History of Newington - Kent Past". Kent Past. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  6. ^ Witch Hazel Nursery
  7. ^ Swale Borough Council Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Stephenson, Ellis (23 May 2019). "Roman remains discovered near A2 in Newington, near Sittingbourne".
  9. ^ A Roman Small Town". Newington History Group. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  10. ^ "History of Newington, in Swale and Kent". A Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Monumont No. 418307". Pastscape. Historic England. Retrieved 21 September 2015. Site of a Roman villa east of Boxted Farm excavated in 1882.
  12. ^ The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Edward Hasted
  13. ^ The Bull, Newington

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