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Welcome to the Challock village website where you will find information on all our village has to offer.

Challock sits high on the North Downs above Ashford in Kent in a pretty and peaceful rural setting within an area of oustanding natural beauty and the well kept Lees forms a picturesque centre and helps give us a classic English Village look. With a population of around 830 Challock is a small village but has some big ideas and as with every good village has a strong community spirit.

One of our greatest assets is our primary school which has a superb reputation and is oversubscribed for places every year. As well as producing excellent academic results the children at the school are exceptionally well behaved and they contribute greatly to village life.

We have a large number of businesses within the village, further details of which can be found within our web pages, and these provide both employment and local services to both villagers and visitors alike.

Whatever your reason for visiting our website I hope that it is informative.

Challock is a special village and those who live here are proud to call it home.

 

Michael Fisher

Chair - Challock Parish Council

           

 

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To all Challock villagers:

This is your website.To make it lively and interesting and to keep it up-to-date we need your input. Let us know what you think. Ideas and suggestions should be sent to The Parish Clerk using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a note at the Post Office.

The name Challock is of Saxon origin and means 'enclosure of calves', calves being large standing stones some of which were used for the foundations of the church. A considerable village was situated round the church in the Middle Ages. The village is now situated at the top of the hill.  (For more information on the history of the village see History in the menu at the top of each page)

 

The village centre is located between Faversham town (8 miles to the north) and Ashford town (6 miles to the south). It dates from around AD823. Challock is situated close to one of the highest points on the North Downs, the 700-foot (210 m) contour lies close to the village. Snowfall is often heavy as a result. 

 

The ancient church of St. Cosmas and St. Damian was built in the 13th century on the site of an earlier church. The church boasts one of only two remaining candle beams in the country and features two sets of murals, one painted by John Ward RA, which depicts the life of Christ using villagers as models.

 

 Challock Lees is common land and was granted a charter by William I to be used as a racecourse. Challock Lees is now owned by the Parish Council.  

 

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