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Ulcombe, Kent
All Saints' Church, Ulcombe - geograph.org.uk - 74189.jpg
All Saints Church
Ulcombe, Kent is located in Kent
Ulcombe, Kent
Ulcombe, Kent
Location within Kent
Population890 (2011 Civil Parish including Chegworth)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ846497
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaidstone
Postcode districtME17
Dialling code01622
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°13′01″N 0°38′33″E / 51.21708°N 0.64257°E / 51.21708; 0.64257Coordinates: 51°13′01″N 0°38′33″E / 51.21708°N 0.64257°E / 51.21708; 0.64257

Ulcombe is a village near the town of Maidstone in Kent, England. The name has evolved from 'Owl-coomb', 'coomb' (pronounced 'coo-m') meaning 'a deep little wooded valley; a hollow in a hill side' (Chambers Dictionary) in Old English. It stands on the Greensand Way. The old village hall was dismantled and re-erected at the Museum of Kent Life, Sandling, having been made redundant by the construction of a new building.[2]

All Saints Church is a 12th-century Grade I listed building. In the 16th and 17th centuries Ulcombe was the location of a bell foundry run by three generations of the Hatch family, whose output included the bell known as "Bell Harry", after which the central tower of Canterbury Cathedral is known.[3]

In 2012, Hill House (a private house) won the Minor Residential category of the Kent Design Awards.[4]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Kent Life Weddings" (pdf). kentlife.org.uk. 2014. p. 8. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  3. ^ Stahlschmidt 1887, pp. xiii, 74, 192, 195; Goodsall 1970, pp. 20–38.
  4. ^ "Hill House, Kent - 2012 RIBA Award Winner". www.workingmetals.co.uk. 2012. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.


  • Goodsall, R.H. (1970), A Third Kentish Patchwork, Stedehill, ISBN 978-0-950-01511-8
  • Stahlschmidt, J.C.L. (1887), The Church Bells of Kent: Their Inscriptions, Founders, Uses and Traditions, Stock, OCLC 12772194

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