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Shadoxhurst is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Area8.02 km2 (3.10 sq mi)
Population1,216 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density152/km2 (390/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ973381
Civil parish
  • Shadoxhurst
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townASHFORD
Postcode districtTN26
Dialling code01233
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°06′29″N 0°49′10″E / 51.1080°N 0.8195°E / 51.1080; 0.8195Coordinates: 51°06′29″N 0°49′10″E / 51.1080°N 0.8195°E / 51.1080; 0.8195

Shadoxhurst (/ˈʃædɒkshɜːrst/) is a civil parish[2] and a village on the remnant forest the Kent Weald, near Ashford in Kent, England between the Greensand Ridge and Romney Marsh.


Part of the vestige of county-sized woodland known as The Weald, Shadoxhurst is mostly wooded countryside and farmland.[3] with the Whitewater Dyke (a tributary of the River Stour) rising in the area.

Shadoxhurst is on the Woodchurch to Ashford road.

The village is known as 'the woodland gateway to the countryside' [4] and is surrounded by ancient woodlands.

The area ranges between approximately 40 and 50 metres above sea level.


A fairly comprehensive historical overview in Edward Hasted's History and Topography of Kent covers, for instance, the church and the village as well as the recorded history up to the end of the 18th century.[5]

Reverend Charles Rolfe (1800-1877), who worked as the rector of Shadoxhurst's St Peter and Paul Church for thirty-nine years was directly descended from John Rolfe of Heacham who married Chief Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas on April 5, 1614 in Jamestown, Virginia.


The village has a Church of England-used 13th-century church with lancet windows, to Saints Peter and Paul.[3]


  1. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  2. ^ Shadoxhurst Parish Council website
  3. ^ a b Ashford Borough Council
  4. ^ "Shadoxhurst Parish Council – Shadoxhurst – the woodland gateway to the countryside".
  5. ^ The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 7 (1798), pp. 238–244

External links[edit]

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