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Paddlesworth village sign.jpg
Village sign
Paddlesworth is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population38 (parish, 2001 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFolkestone
Postcode districtCT18
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°06′54″N 1°08′02″E / 51.115°N 1.134°E / 51.115; 1.134Coordinates: 51°06′54″N 1°08′02″E / 51.115°N 1.134°E / 51.115; 1.134

Paddlesworth is a village located about 3 miles (4.8 km) NNW of Folkestone in Kent, England, near Hawkinge. It is in the town of Hawkinge.

Paddlesworth was a sighting-point for the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790) linking the Royal Greenwich Observatory with the Paris Observatory, undertaken by General William Roy. A chain of readings was made from high points between the two observatories, including locally from Dover Castle, St Peter's Church, Swingfield, and Aldington Knoll.

The Early Norman Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Oswald.[1] It was built in the 11th century or earlier but underwent alteration in the 13th and restoration in the 19th century. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[2]

It is said of Paddlesworth that it has the "Highest Church, Lowest Steeple, Poorest Parish, Fewest People". These words can be seen carved in a circle round the edge of the village sign, as seen in the above photograph.

The public house is 'The Cat and Custard Pot'.[3]

From September to December 2010 a group of writers and artists created the Paddlesworth Press, a "mixed-media, collaborative online novel" based on Paddlesworth with fictional characters and events in a spoof newspaper.[4]


  1. ^ "St. Oswald's Paddlesworth". Hawkinge. Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Church of St. Oswald". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  3. ^ Pub Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kingsley, Patrick (2010-09-27). "The Paddlesworth Press: the spoof newspaper that's nearly real". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2010.

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