Otham

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Otham
Village sign, Otham - geograph.org.uk - 80485.jpg
The village sign
Otham is located in Kent
Otham
Otham
Location within Kent
Population523 
OS grid referenceTQ798536
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMAIDSTONE
Postcode districtME15
Dialling code01622
PoliceKent
FireKent
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
WebsiteOtham Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Kent
51°15′07″N 0°34′26″E / 51.252°N 0.574°E / 51.252; 0.574Coordinates: 51°15′07″N 0°34′26″E / 51.252°N 0.574°E / 51.252; 0.574

Otham is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone district of Kent, England. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census is 523, with 204 dwellings.[1]

Buildings[edit]

The village itself has been in existence since before the time of the Domesday Book.[2] The village was given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother Odo, bishop of Baieux, although the lands were later handed to the crown. Under Henry III, the land was held by knight Peter de Otham, with the land changing hands several more times throughout time.[3]

St Nicholas's Church

One of the village's oldest buildings, the 12th-century parish church of St Nicholas, is a Grade I listed building.[4] The vicar is Reverend Steven Hughes MBE. Otham also has a number listed mediaeval houses including Otham Manor (Grade I),[5] Synyards (Grade I)[6] and Stoneacre (Grade II*).[7] Stoneacre itself is a small National Trust property, which is a private residence but is opened to visitors on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April to September.

Otham has a circular walk of 7 km which includes the Spot Lane Nature Reserve and Stoneacre.[8] Much of the central village is protected as part of the Otham Conservation Area, due to the village being a "well-preserved example of an affluent medieval village which still maintains a strong sense of identity".[9]

The White Horse pub is located in Otham. The White Horse Inn had two Publicans, the first William Goodwin (born in 1746)[10] and then his son, Solomon William Goodwin who was born in 1833.

Otham Manor was a 14th-century Wealden hall house, but was extensively modified in later centuries; it was most recently modified and extended in the 20th century. The property was Grade I listed in 1952; The Listing described it as a "GV I House, formerly cottages, now house. Late C14 with C16 alterations and additions. Restored circa 1912 by Sir Louis Mallet."[11] The estate was in a state of "semi-dereliction by the early 1990s" according to Country Life (magazine). It was subsequently restored by new owners and listed for sale in 2019.[12]

Sport[edit]

Bearsted F.C. play their home matches at Honey Lane in Otham,[13] and the village is also home to Rumwood Cricket Club.[2]

Development[edit]

The village of Otham is set to be expanded hugely over the next 10 years due to Maidstone Borough Council's Local Plan. The village currently has 204 dwellings, but is set to be expanded, with the construction of 1251 more on sites at Church Road (440 houses), Bicknor Farm (286 houses), Bicknor Green (190 houses) and Bicknor Farm (335 houses).[14] These constructions are opposed by the Parish Council, who state the construction is "likely to have a significant impact upon our village" and "will disproportionately affect Otham and nearby parishes".[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Otham Parish Council". Otham Parish Council. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Five. Canterbury: W Bristow. pp. 513–519. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Nicholas (1250738)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Otham Manor (1250941)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Synyards and Path Between Front Door and Road (1263084)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Stoneacre and Path Between Front Door and Road (1250995)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Walk Maidstone 7 - Otham" (PDF). Maidstone Borough Council. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Otham Conservation Area Appraisal" (PDF). Maidstone Borough Council. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  10. ^ English Post Office Records.[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ Otham Manor List Entry Number 1250941
  12. ^ The beautiful Grade I-listed 650-year-old manor house and gardens which survived dereliction twice, now lovingly restored
  13. ^ Contact Bearsted Football Club Bearstead F.C.
  14. ^ "MAIDSTONE BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN" (PDF). Maidstone Borough Council. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  15. ^ "MBC Local Plan". Otham Parish Council. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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