Step back in time at Chiddingstone Village

Explore the most accurate example of a surviving Tudor village in the county. There's a nearby church, discover the chiding stone, tea rooms and shop as well as open countryside spaces.

The Highstreet

Step back in time in a surviving Tudor village complete with half-timbered frames, gables and stone hung red-tiled roofs. Drop in for a tea, coffee or lunch in one of the independent businesses there and pick up any souvenirs from the shop.

The church

Almost destroyed in a lightning fire in 1624, the parish church dedicated to St Mary is perhaps the fourth built on the site. The font inside was made in 1628 from local sandstone and has been described as the best production of its period in Kent. The pulpit also dates from this time whilst the organ dates to 1881.

Film lovers

Does the village look familiar? It may be because Chiddingstone has been used as a site for several films including the 1985 Merchant Ivory film 'A Room with a View'. The village also appeared in the 1983 film 'The Wicked Lady' directed by Michael Winner and the 1996 'The Wind in the Willows' directed by Terry Jones from the Monty Python comedy team.

The Chiding Stone in Chiddingstone Village, a National Trust property in Kent

The chiding stone

Learn more about the chiding stone, the stone that could quite possibly be the source for the village's name.