Sellindge Tourist Guide
Sellindge lies between Smeeth and Hythe on the A20 right next to the M20 – Junction 11 being close by.
The Domesday Book names Sellindge as ‘Sedlinges’ with two churches, a mill , 36 acres of meadow and a wood for 6 pigs. William the Conqueror gave the four local manors to Hugo de Montford. Later on the village became a distribution point for smuggled goods, and The Whitehall was used for the storage of the contraband.
1556 Thomas Hudson was arrested and taken to Canterbury on suspicion of heresy with 14 other protestants. Five of the protestants starved to death but Thomas was burned at the stake in Barton Fields.
1840 brought the London to Dover railway line into the area, and a station was planned for Sellindge, but the local traders objected and the station was built at Westenhanger. Some time later the tradesmen realised that the railway was increasing business and asked for a stop in the village, but this was refused.
In one map from 1842 there were 40 acres of hops being harvested and still many oast houses remain around the area.
The Sellindge Music Festival runs within the actual site of the Sellindge Steam Special. Since the launch of the Sellindge Steam Special in 1971 the event has grown, first into a two day event and then a few years later a
three day event. The event has a character all of its own, which is recognised and understood by exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, and indeed from Europe. Our objective has always been to retain a rural landscape in which festival goers can view exhibits, working displays and entertainment. The village hosts the Sellindge Steam Fair every year at Hope Farm, with displays including traction engines, steam, diesel and electric locomotive units, buses and lorries. Showman’s engines, fairground organs, steam lorries, live music, wood sawing, the amazing Magnus, tug of war, vintage cars and caravans, vintage motorcycles, military vehicles, working tractors, heavy horses, rural crafts, fairground and other attractions.
WestenhangerCastle and Medieval Barns in Stone Street, Westenhanger is a ScheduledAncientMonument with a Grade 1 listed house; this reflects both its national and historic importance. It belongs to a group of early quadrangular castles and manor houses that were strengthened in answer to threats of attack from France during the 14th century.
Lathe Barn in Donkey Street, Burmarsh is a children's farm with sheep, a donkey, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens, a children's play area and putting green. Tearoom and gift shop, craft shops
Robus Pottery and Tiles in Evington, Hastingleigh is a pottery housed in a large Kent barn where visitors can see work on the production of architectural ceramics, wall, floor and roof tiles, using traditional Kent methods. Tel: +44 01233 750330.
Evegate Craft & Business Centre in Station Road, Ashford is home to antique furniture restorers, silversmiths and goldsmiths as well as other highly skilled craftsmen. Watch the craftsmen at work or simply browse in the shops which are all located around a unique collection of traditional farm buildings.
PortLympneWildAnimalPark is set in 600 acres with spectacular views over Romney Marsh. See many rare and endangered animals, the largest herd of black rhino outside Africa, African elephants, Siberian and Indian tigers, small cats, monkeys and Barbary lions.
Folkestone race Course is nearby if you fancy a flutter or love watching horses.
Disclaimer: The information in this Tourist Guide has been researched from a variety of sources including books, articles and online information. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information the reader should check any specific facts for themselves before making any decisions based upon the said information.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015