Sundridge, Kent

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St Mary's church

Sundridge is a village within the civil parish of Sundridge with Ide Hill, in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The village is located on the A25 road to the east of Westerham. It lies within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within London’s Metropolitan Green Belt. It is approximately 21 miles south of London. Its church is Anglican and dedicated to St Mary.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

Sundridge Aerodrome[edit]

Around 1910 an aerodrome with a three-bay timber-framed corrugated-iron clad hangar was opened north of Chevening Road, 51°16′55″N 0°07′40″E / 51.2820°N 0.1277°E / 51.2820; 0.1277, by Russian Prince Serge de Bolotoff, a sales representative for Albatros Flugzeugwerke, Berlin, who had gained experience of aircraft design at the Voisin works, Billancourt, France and at Brooklands in Surrey. He set up a small aircraft factory at Sundridge Aerodrome shortly before World War One in the three-bay hangar. A two-seat De Bolotoff SDEB 14 biplane was built there and registered to the de Bolotoff and Company in August 1919. Around 1927 the factory building became a bus depot, but during World War II it reverted to military use with the Royal Air Force, providing storage and salvage facilities for crash-damaged aircraft. The aerodrome closed in 1945 but the hangar survives today in commercial use; it is believed to be the oldest aircraft hangar in the country and was designated as a Grade II listed building in 1988.[5][6]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Mark. "Patron Saints List for the Roughwood Churches Album". Roughwood web site. Mark Collins. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Margaret King, Ill Fares the Land; A Social History of the Village of Sundridge from 1719-1826 (Sundridge: Friends of St. Mary's Church, 2008), 71.
  3. ^ Margaret King, Ill Fares the Land; A Social History of the Village of Sundridge from 1719-1826 (Sundridge: Friends of St. Mary's Church, 2008), 71.
  4. ^ Margaret King, Ill Fares the Land; A Social History of the Village of Sundridge from 1719-1826 (Sundridge: Friends of St. Mary's Church, 2008), 57.
  5. ^ Woodhead, Lindy (2008). Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge. Profile Books. pp. 147–8. ISBN 978-1-86197-169-2. De Bolotoff married Rosalie Selfridge, daughter of London store owner Harry Selfridge, in 1918.
  6. ^ Historic England (27 April 1988). "3 Aircraft Hangars to Former Sundridge Aerodrome at Coombe Bank Farm (1244242)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 June 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°16′N 0°08′E / 51.267°N 0.133°E / 51.267; 0.133