Place:Hawkinge, Kent, England

Alt namesHawkingsource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-70
TypeTown, Civil parish
Coordinates51.1°N 1.167°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoElham Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Shepway (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Hawkinge is now a town and civil parish in the Shepway District of Kent, England. The original village of Hawkinge is actually just less than a mile (c. 1.3 km) due east of the present village centre (roughly 51° 6'55.14"N, 1°11'2.00"E); the modern, much larger, village of Hawkinge was formed by the merging of Hawkinge and Uphill. Walking south from the village past it is possible to see stunning views of Cheriton, Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel complex.

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Hawkinge was a civil parish in Elham Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Shepway non-metropolitan district.

World War II

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During World War II, RAF Hawkinge was the closest operational airfield to France and was used during the Battle of Britain. The airfield is now the site of extensive residential development, which has expanded Hawkinge's population to 9,000. Depending on further building, the population is still expected to grow to 11,000. The construction of the houses was hampered by the discovery of several pipe bombs, put there in the event of a German invasion to render the airfield useless to enemy airplanes. There are several reminders of the war in and near the site of the original village; the Kent Battle of Britain Museum and various pillboxes are scattered amongst the farms.

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