Plaxtol Parish Church
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Plaxtol is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling in Kent, England. The village is located around 5 miles (8 km) north of Tonbridge and the same distance east of Sevenoaks. In the 2011 Census, the parish had a population of 1,117.
The name Plaxtol is believed to be derived from Old English words meaning "play area"; there used to be a large green in the middle of the village where children would play after attending church on a Sunday.
The River Bourne flows through the parish, and formerly powered three watermills in Plaxtol – Winfield Mill (corn), Longmill (corn) and Roughway Paper Mill. The village has a primary school, a Cromwellian church, a grocer, a butcher and a pub; it also once had a bakery.
The 1,000-acre Fairlawne Estate adjoining the village of Shipbourne was owned by Sir Henry Vane the Elder, in the 17th century, and was owned by the Cazalet family in the 19th century. Major Peter Cazalet was a trainer of horses owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who was an occasional guest. The estate is currently owned by the Saudi Arabian horse-breeder Prince Khalid ibn Abdullah.
There is a cricket club in Plaxtol, who play in the Kent County Village League against other local teams, as well as friendly matches on Sundays. The club has a thriving junior section as well as an active social scene.
- Walter Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley was born in Plaxtol in 1891. His father was a paper manufacturer in the village.
- The teacher and theatre director Richard Tomlinson lived in the village in the 1990s.
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges died in Plaxtol in 2007.
- The Weeks family are the longest surviving family still living in the village to the present day, having had no less than five generations working on the land and the local paper mills.
- The Broad family have also frequented the area since the 1700s, most notably Lord Lawrence Broad the first (1712-1789) who is reported to have owned the largest Chicken farm in west Kent up until his death where his widow Lady Alison; sold the estate. Currently, Lady Natalie Broad, although no longer living in the village still visits occasionally and in 2004 financed the renovation of the local church clock tower.
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