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St Mary Churchyard
Also known as: Lenham, St Mary Churchyard
Maidstone Borough
Kent  England

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Lenham is a market village in Kent situated on the southern edge of the North Downs, halfway between Maidstone and Ashford. The village is at the main source of the River Great Stour, with one of its tributaries, the River Upper Great Stour sourced near here. The Stour Valley Walk starts here, heading to Ashford and on to Canterbury and the English Channel near Sandwich. It is also the source of the River Len, which flows in a westerly direction to join the River Medway at Maidstone. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Lenham market dates back to 1088, when the village was an important crossroad settlement. Technically the fact that Lenham is allowed a market, makes it a town but the community have always desired to maintain its village status.The Pilgrims' Way/North Downs Way passes just to the north of Lenham, higher up on the 'downs' and it features a war memorial in the form of a 200-foot chalk cross carved into the scarp slope of the downs. First constructed in 1922, to remember those who fell in the Great War, and fully restored in 1994, the cross now commemorates the dead of both world wars. To avoid its use as a navigation aid by enemy bombers in WWII, the cross was filled in between 1939 and May 1945. On 27 August 1950, Lenham, along with the village of Harvel, was one of the signal receiving points (between Calais and London) of the first-ever live television pictures from Europe. The church of St Mary was originally Saxon and added to in the Norman era; it was extensively damaged by arson attack in 1297. Most of the Chancel and Nave were rebuilt in the 14th century in the Early English style. The tower was constructed in the late 14th century.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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