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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
Ulcombe, Kent shown within Kent
Population 890 (2011 Civil Parish including Chegworth)[1]
OS grid reference TQ846497
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidstone
Postcode district ME17 1xx
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South 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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