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Shadoxhurst is located in Kent
Shadoxhurst shown within Kent
Area 8.02 km2 (3.10 sq mi)
Population 1,216 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density 152/km2 (390/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ973381
Civil parish
  • Shadoxhurst
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ASHFORD
Postcode district TN26
Dialling code 01233
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South 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 /ˈʃæ.dɒkshɜːrst/ 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 Ss 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]


Shadoxhurst now has a Facebook page: Shadoxhurst, a village in Kent

External links[edit]

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