Shepway, Maidstone

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Shepway is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population14,100 (2005)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtME
Dialling code01622
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′16″N 0°32′46″E / 51.254320°N 0.546110°E / 51.254320; 0.546110Coordinates: 51°15′16″N 0°32′46″E / 51.254320°N 0.546110°E / 51.254320; 0.546110

Shepway is a suburb to the south-east of Maidstone in Kent, England. It lies to the south of Mote Park, to the east of Loose Road (A229) and Sutton Road (A274) and west of Willington Street. The land was formerly farmland and orchards. The suburb takes its name from Shepway Court a country house located where the road of that name is today.[2]

Construction of the suburb started in the 1930s with the building of South Park Road, the western ends of Plains Avenue and Marion Crescent and Cranborne Avenue (originally named Shepway Avenue) and parts of Brockenhurst, Ringwood and Lyndhurst Roads. The majority of the suburb was constructed as a council estate by Maidstone Borough Council in stages after World War II.[3] Phases of infill construction continued up to the present. The original grid of roads laid out for the council estate after World War II bear names of traditional English counties (for example Northumberland Road, Cambridge Crescent, Hampshire Drive, Rutland Way and Nottingham Avenue). The estate was originally planned with large areas of open land for recreation, although later building has encroached on some of this space.

During the 1950s and 1960s the lead partner at the estate's medical centre was Dr Alan Barnsley, better known as the award-winning novelist and poet Gabriel Fielding.


  1. ^ "2005 Ward Level Population Estimates" (PDF). Kent County Council. September 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-20.[dead link]
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey map circa 1870
  3. ^ Local Histories Later, Maidstone

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