Place:West Kingsdown, Kent, England

NameWest Kingsdown
Alt namesKingsdown (near Eynsford)source: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.35°N 0.283°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoDartford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Sevenoaks (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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West Kingsdown is a village in the Sevenoaks District of Kent and borders the Tonbridge and Malling Borough. It is located on the A20, around 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Swanley and around 5.5 miles (9 km) northeast of the town of Sevenoaks. In 2011 it had a population of just over 6,000.

The parish was part of Axstane Hundred and later Dartford Rural District. The village, because of its situation near London, grew considerably after the First World War from a relatively small farming community to a commuter village of around 5,000 residents, expanding mainly on the northeast side of the A20.

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  • In the 1950s the village of Kingsdown (the main centre of population in the parish) changed its name to West Kingsdown. This was at the request of the Post Office to avoid confusion with other villages in east Kent with the same name. (Kingsdown (near Eynsford) has been re-directed here since maps show that West Kingsdown is the only Kingsdown near Eynsford.) The other places named Kingsdown are Kingsdown (near Deal) and Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne).
  • FamilySearch and the Family History Library Catalog still use Kingsdown-near-Eynsford to describ West Kingsdown.
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