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Introduction to Fawkham

Introduction to Fawkham

photo showing a welcome to Fawkham sign

Fawkham is a rural parish in North West Kent, within Sevenoaks District. The village has a small green, behind which stands The Rising Sun Inn, a Norman church, a village hall, farms, two primary schools, livery yards, a saddlery & feed barn, a sports club, and a hotel with a spa. The village’s main road winds some three miles down a picturesque dry chalk valley and villagers benefit from access to several bluebell woods. The parish church of St Mary’s dates back to the 12th century and there is an annual village fete, with dog show, held in its grounds.

Fawkham is defined as a hamlet by Sevenoaks District Council, with a population of 429. Fawkham is a low density, linear settlement along the bottom of a dry chalk valley some three miles in length, with secondary lanes intersecting. There is no discernible village centre, although clusters of buildings occur near the Church/junction with Castle Hill, and around the village green and public house at the junction with Fawkham Green Road. There are around 220 houses.

Fawkham is approximately 8 miles (13 km) from Gravesend, 8 miles (13 km) from Dartford and 12 miles (20 km) from Sevenoaks. It is on the northern edge of Sevenoaks district, adjoining its border with Dartford district, south of the village of Longfield. The village is not far from the M25 (junction 3), M20, A2  and the A20, although access is via rural lanes.

The village is not served by a bus route, although there are buses which serve Longfield, connecting to Dartford and Gravesend. Longfield is the nearest train station, about 1.5 miles away, and the journey time to London Victoria is about 30 minutes. Longfield is a large village with a Waitrose, a Co-op, a branch of Nationwide, and many independent traders including a butchers, a bakers , a florist and a hardware shop, plus several take-aways and cafes. Sadly, there are no longer any shops in Fawkham.

Bluewater shopping centre and the Eurostar service at Ebbsfleet International are just a 15 minute drive away.  The market town of Sevenoaks is a twenty five minute drive down the A225. Brands Hatch race circuit is just outside the parish boundary, and some villagers qualify for free annual passes to events. The parish is also home to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Brands Hatch.

Here’s a map of the parish.