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The Royal Paper Mill on Tovil Hill
Tovil is located in Kent
Tovil shown within Kent
Population 3,542 (2011 Census)[1]
• London 33 miles (53 km) NW
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district ME15,
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′51″N 0°30′35″E / 51.2642°N 0.5096°E / 51.2642; 0.5096Coordinates: 51°15′51″N 0°30′35″E / 51.2642°N 0.5096°E / 51.2642; 0.5096

Tovil is a civil parish in the Borough of Maidstone, in Kent in the South East of England.

It is a mixture of residential and industrial zoning, with an increase in commercial usage towards the centre of Maidstone, and more arable use on the outskirts.

Tovil has a history of paper mills on the Loose Stream near the River Medway, which ceased operation in the 1980s. These included Great Ivy Mill, Hayle Mill, Upper Tovil Mill, Lower Tovil Mill and Bridge Mill. These and other mills located along the Loose Stream which flows through Tovil were formerly used for fulling, corn and in one case gunpowder. Alabaster Passmore had an important printing works in Tovil and there were other small industries and a railway siding. Many of the industrial units have since been replaced by housing.

One notable local business is loudspeaker manufacturer KEF, which is based on Eccleston Road in Tovil. Goachers microbrewery is also based there.

The church of St Stephen was built in around 1840. The architect was John Whichcord Snr. It was built of ragstone ashlar in the Early English style but demolished in about 1990.[2]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Images of England [1] Retrieved 27 May 2011