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Picturesque Chilham square is situated on a hill forming part of the historic pilgrims route to Canterbury Cathedral, now known as the Northdowns way, just off the kentish river Stour between Ashford & Canterbury. The square, and its many half timbered houses were originally owned by the landlord, to house the local tradesmen that maintained the Castle estate, it is now a tourist attraction with local shops, inns & businesses.
Chilham is best known for its Fine hexagonal 17th Century Jacobean manor house, with its own heronry and gardens, landscaped by Capability brown, built on the site of a now derelict Norman keep, it is no longer open to the public. The Castle and gardens have been the location for a number of TV films & programs.
The 15th Century Church faces the castle at the opposite end of the square.
To the East of the Village centre is Chilham water mill, with its nearby freshwater & match fishing lakes, a little further East is Jullieberries Grave a 150 feet long & 6 to 8 foot high, Neolithic long barrow. Roman burials have been found at a filled ditch to the south end, where the original mound has been disturbed. Flint tools and other artefacts have also been found at the site.
By Road. Chilham is situated on the junction of the A28 between Canterbury (6 Miles) and Ashford (7 Miles) and the A 257 to Maidstone. If traveling from London or Dover I recommend taking the A28 Ashford road signposted from Canterbury.
By Rail. Chilham is between the Canterbury West and Ashford on the Victoria to Canterbury West line, the trains run every half hour but please check first as not every train stops here. The Railway station is located just off the A28 five Minutes walk from the Village square.
By Bus. There is a regular Bus service to Canterbury and Ashford from the Village centre Bus stop in Felborough Close.
Chilham has one C E Primary school with three classrooms, three teachers and about 80 children
There is a large, well equiped new sports centre in the recreation ground, where a number of well supported sports activities take place, including tennis, football & cricket
D. Strange, 14th May 2000
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