Sevenoaks - Kemsing

Kemsing
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Kemsing is a delightful village that nestles comfortably in the North Downs.

The parish lies on the scarp face of the North Downs, 4 miles (6 km) north east of Sevenoaks.

The population of the civil parish is about 4014 persons

With its selection of traditional shops and two quality public houses, Kemsing has everything that an English Village can offer. With some of the finest Kent country side on it's doorstep, Kemsing is a must for the ardent outdoor person.

Many of the village outlets sell comprehensive details of local walks. Kemsing is also steeped in history, which certainly predates the Doomsday book. With it’s magnificent Saxon Church and fine examples of 15th and 16th century architecture, backed up by detailed literature, the village would be of great interest to the history buff.

Kemsing was the birthplace, in AD961, of Saint Edith of Wilton, an illegitimate daughter of the Saxon King Edgar I. The well at the centre of the village is dedicated to her, a plaque on the wall recording the local legend that her saintly presence has given the water healing properties. The historic village centre area around the well includes the war memorial, a cluster of picturesque cottages and St. Edith's Hall.

The parish church, Saxon in origin, is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

The village lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Kemsing Down Reserve, managed by Kemsing Parish Council and Sevenoaks District Council, lies above the village on the North Downs. It is reached from Childsbridge Lane, and is an area of chalk grassland.

A solid community exist in Kemsing, a village that is obviously proud of it's heritage and preserving all that is precious about village life.

Interesting fact:The Women's Institute organisation opened its first institute in England in Kemsing