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Ulcombe, Kent
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Ulcombe, Kent
Location within Kent
Population890 (2011 Civil Parish including Chegworth) [1]
OS grid reference TQ846497
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidstone
Postcode district ME17
Dialling code 01622
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
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51°13′01″N0°38′33″E / 51.21708°N 0.64257°E / 51.21708; 0.64257 Coordinates: 51°13′01″N0°38′33″E / 51.21708°N 0.64257°E / 51.21708; 0.64257

Ulcombe is a village near the town of Maidstone in Kent, England. The name has evolved from 'Ullas-coomb', 'coomb' (pronounced 'coo-m') meaning 'a deep little wooded valley with Ulla as a personal name. There is no connection to owls. The original deserted Medieval village site lies to the east of the parish church in a valley. There is also a water-mill below this site, probably of early origins. It stands below the Greensand Way.


There is much evidence from recent archaeological fieldwork, undertaken under the direction of Neil Aldridge, for prehistoric and later occupation. A number of Palaeolithic hand-axes have been found to the east of Great Tong Bank, and are the result of solifluction over the last 70,000 years from an earlier river system. Lithic implements from the Mesolithic, Bronze Age and Neolithic periods show that the landscape was being used by early settlers. The Iron Age is the period when the local deposits of iron ore were being smelted and this continued into the Roman occupation of the 1st-3rd century AD. Near Jubilee Corner an Iron Age cremation cemetery was excavated along with an iron smelting site. A later Roman occupation site lay to the north, when excavated, two timber buildings, one of sill-beam construction, were recorded. [2]

The old village hall was dismantled and re-erected at the Museum of Kent Life, Sandling, having been made redundant by the construction of a new building. [3]

The manor of Ulcombe belonged to the St Leger family.

All Saints Church is a 12th-century Grade I listed building. It includes monuments of the St. Leger family, the Marquess and Marchioness of Ormonde, and Lady Sarah Wandesford, daughter of the Earl of Carrick.

In the 16th and 17th centuries Ulcombe was the location of a bell foundry run by three generations of the Hatch family, whose output included the bell known as "Bell Harry", after which the central tower of Canterbury Cathedral is known. [4]

In 2012, Hill House (a private house) won the Minor Residential category of the Kent Design Awards. [5]

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  1. "Civil Parish 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. Archaeeologia Cantiana CXXV, 2005, pp 173-184, and KCC Heritage Database
  3. "Kent Life Weddings" (pdf). kentlife.org.uk. 2014. p. 8. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  4. Stahlschmidt 1887 , pp. xiii, 74, 192, 195; Goodsall 1970 , pp. 20–38.
  5. "Hill House, Kent - 2012 RIBA Award Winner". www.workingmetals.co.uk. 2012. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.


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