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St Andrew's Church, Shepherdswell
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Population1,849 (2011) [1]
OS grid reference TR259480
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dover
Postcode district CT15
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
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51°11′12″N1°13′52″E / 51.1866°N 1.2312°E / 51.1866; 1.2312 Coordinates: 51°11′12″N1°13′52″E / 51.1866°N 1.2312°E / 51.1866; 1.2312

Shepherdswell (also Sibertswold) is a village in the civil parish of Shepherdswell with Coldred, and the Dover District of Kent, England.

Shepherdswell with Coldred civil parish in Dover, Kent, England

Shepherdswell with Coldred is a civil parish in the Dover District of Kent, England. The parish contains the villages of Shepherdswell and Coldred, 1 mile (1.6 km) apart, and the hamlet of Coxhill just southwest of Shepherdswell.

Dover District Non-metropolitan district in England

Dover is a local government district in Kent, England. Dover is its administrative centre. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the boroughs of Deal, Dover, and Sandwich along with Dover Rural District and most of Eastry Rural District. There are three towns within the district: Deal, Dover and Sandwich; and the parishes below:


Culture and community

Village social life centres on the local Grade I listed church 'Church of St Andrew', [2] and the village hall which is hosts events including charity jumble sales and a pre-school playgroup. The village pub is the Grade II listed Bell by the village green, [3] near to the church. Additionally the village has a Co-op mini-supermarket.

A pre-school playgroup, or in everyday usage just a playgroup, is an organised group providing care and socialisation for children under five. The term is widely used in the United Kingdom. Playgroups are less formal than the preschool education of nursery schools. They do not provide full-time care, operating for only a few hours a day during school term time, often in the mornings only. They are staffed by nursery nurses or volunteers, not by nursery teachers, and are run by private individuals or charities, rather than by the state or companies.

Shepherdswell is significant for the East Kent Railway, whose terminus is sited there. This was originally one of Colonel Stephens's lines and ran to Wingham. The section as far as Eythorne is now run by a preservation society. It has a mainline railway station named Shepherds Well with direct trains to Dover and London via Faversham.

East Kent Railway (heritage) Heritage railway in southern England

The East Kent Railway (EKR) is a heritage railway in Kent, England. It is located at Shepherdswell station on the London to Dover Priory direct mainline. The line was constructed between 1911 and 1917 to serve the Kent Coalfields. See East Kent Light Railway for details of the original lines. The Kent Collieries were mostly a failure with only Tilmanstone on the line producing any viable commercial coal and commercial traffic over the line. The line is operated by heritage diesel locomotives. It is home to a collection of heritage diesel locomotives, Diesel Multiple Units DMU, DEMU and an electric multiple units including an in service British Rail Class 404 built in the 1930s.

Shepherds Well railway station

Shepherds Well railway station is on the Dover branch of the Chatham Main Line in England, and serves the village of Shepherdswell, Kent. It is 71 miles 60 chains (115.5 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Snowdown and Kearsney.

The village is on the Miner's Way Trail. The trail links the coalfield parishes of East Kent. [4] In the village it links with the North Downs Way, which also passes through the village between Whitfield and Woolage Village.

Miners Way Trail

The Miner's Way Trail is a long-distance circular footpath in England, starting at Sholden, Kent. Linking up the coalfield parishes of East Kent. Including; the parishes of Deal, Ash, Aylesham, Chillenden, Eastry, Eythorne, Elvington, Goodnestone, Nonington, Northbourne, Coldred, Staple, Tilmanstone and Wingham.

North Downs Way

The North Downs Way National Trail is a long-distance path in southern England, opened in 1978. It runs from Farnham to Dover, past Guildford, Dorking, Merstham, Otford and Rochester, along the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Kent Downs AONB.


Shepherdswell is also home the "Shepherdswell Spartans Football Club". Football has been played in the village of Shepherdswell for at least 98 years. Originally the team was called Shepherdswell FC and played from about 1908 until 1965. The name of the next major club in the village was the Whitehall Spartans, who played for most of the 1970s; they became responsible for the name of today's current team. In 1983–84, a team was formed again and named after their then sponsors A1 Taxis which entered the Dover District Sunday League. By the start of the next season their name had reverted to Shepherdswell Spartans as the main team in the village. They took the name Spartans from the local pub, The Whitehall Inn, which was their social base until the pub was shut down in 1989. Today the team's social base is The Bricklayers Arms.

Shepherdswell's cricket team is Shepherdswell C.C. The team plays "friendly" village fixtures from May to September each year against other Kent teams.

Both the football and cricket teams play on Shepherdswell Recreation Ground.

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  2. "Church of St Pancras, Shepherdswell with Coldred". Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. "The Bell Inn, Shepherdswell with Coldred". Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. "The History of the Coalfield Parishes". Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2013.

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