Thursday, 27 November 2014

Barming Parish Council

Contacts

Nicola Attwood parish clerk
15 Orbit Close
Walderslade Woods
Chatham
ME5 9NF
Tel: 07530027988
Fay Gooch chairman
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A little history:

Barming is a civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. It lies to the east of Maidstone, the county town, and had a population of 2233 persons (2001 census).  The eastern end of the parish is part of the built-up area of Maidstone, although the remainder is much more rural. The River Medway is the southern boundary of the parish.

Barming is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and was then described as being divided into East and West; the latter being known as Little Barming, and having its own church until the 16th century, now known as Barn Jet.

Barming railway station, on the line through Maidstone to Ashford, was opened with the line on 1 June 1874. The A26 road crosses the parish.

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 Landmarks and Places of interest:

St Margaret's Church, Church Lane:  A Norman period church with the characteristic triangle of east windows with a tower added in the perpendicular style.

 St Margarets Church

 Among interesting items in the church and its grounds are three 14th century bench ends and a mounting block.

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 Church Cross House, South Street:  Built in 1876 by Thomas William Carr (Rector) to serve such purposes of religion and parochial usefulness as may deem fit.

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 War Memorial, Tonbridge Road:  Erected to commemorate the dead of the 1914-1918 war, the names of those who died in the 1939-45 war were added. 

Barming war memorial

 The memorial was erected on what remained of a small village green.

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Cuthberts Cottages (private), North Street:  A medieval timber framed hall house, built as a farm house in the fourteenth century and extended at the back in early seventeenth century.

 

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 The Red Start, North Street:  Family public house.

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The Bull Inn, Tonbridge Road:  Dating back to 1658 consisted of a barn and stables.  On becoming a pub in 1700 it was called the Red Lyon. 

The Bull Inn

Later became The Bull in 1764 when it was part of a marriage settlement of the Shepherd family of Faversham.

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The Victory, Farleigh Bridge:  Family public house

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The Fountain Inn, Tonbridge Road:  Built as a hostelry in 1837 serving farm workers and hop pickers.  In 1890 horse traffic used it as a staging post and in 1904 a local terminus for trams.

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 If you have any enquiries about Barming or Barming Parish Council, please contact Nicola Attwood, the Parish Clerk, via email

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