Postal Code: TN15 0AT
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The village is located in the valley between the North Downs and the Greensand ridge to the north east of Sevenoaks town in Kent. It lies on the A25 road, and although ancient, is fast becoming part of the built-up area of Sevenoaks. In early documents the name of the village is often given as 'Sele', 'Sale','Zela' or 'La Sela'. Until recently it was supposed to come from the French word 'salle' meaning a hall but there is no evidence to support this. The etymology of place names suggests that the name of the village could have come from the Anglo-Saxon word 'sole' or 'sol' meaning a 'muddy slough, wallowing place' or a 'muddy pond that overflows'. Seal still has a pond at the fork at the bottom of Park Lane which tends to overflow at the present day.The church, the oldest parts of which date from the 13th Century, is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul: the ecclesiastical parish only became separate from Kemsing in 1874, although there may well have been a Saxon church on the site of the present building.