Place:East Malling and Larkfield, Kent, England

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NameEast Malling and Larkfield
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.2903°N 0.4708°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoWest Malling, Kent, Englandparish in which Larkfield was originally located.
Malling Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Tonbridge and Malling (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

East Malling and Larkfield is a civil parish in the District of Tonbridge and Malling in Kent, England. It is about 2.4 miles (3.9 km) southeast of West Malling, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) northwest of Maidstone, and 11.4 miles (18.3 km) SSW of Rochester. In 1962, the parish was formed from two smaller ancient ecclesiastical parishes, East Malling and Larkfield (both redirected here). Covering 4.16 square miles (10.77 km2), the parish is in the heart of the hop fields and fruit-growing region, and has an expanding residential area. The distinct hamlet of East Malling Heath is in the parish. There are two parish churches in the parish. The church at East Malling is dedicated to St James the Great; that at Larkfield to Holy Trinity. There is also a Methodist church in Larkfield.

Of the two parts of the parish, Larkfield is much more built-up, lying on the main A20 road, and is part of greater Maidstone. The M20 motorway also passes through, with junction 4 residing at the centre of Leybourne on the A228. East Malling has a much more village feel about it. East Malling railway station also serves the village.

Larkfield

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Larkfield from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"LARKFIELD, a hamlet and a hundred in Kent. The hamlet is in West Malling parish; lies 4 miles NW of Maidstone; and has a post-office under Maidstone.
"The hundred is in the lathe of Aylesford; and contains the two Malling parishes, and twelve other parishes. Acres: 22,017. Population in 1851: 7,212. Houses: 1,334."

Note that Larkfield was originally in West Malling parish. Sources for 19th century Larkfield may well be under West Malling.

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