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Biddenden (Kent)

Biddenden shown within Kent
Population 2,434
OS grid reference TQ850383
Parish Biddenden
District Ashford
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TN27
Dialling code 01580
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
European Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Ashford
List of places: UKEnglandKent

Coordinates: 51°06'50?N 0°38'39?E? / ?51.1139, 0.6441

Biddenden is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England. The village lies on the Weald of Kent, some five miles (8km) north of Tenterden. It was centre for Wealden iron industry and also of clothmaking. During the reign of Edward III some Flemish clothworkers settled in the area. The ready availability of raw materials led to the establishment of an industry for the production of broadcloth. An important cottage industry is established to the west, where wine and cider is produced.

Biddenden is also the trading name of Biddenden's Cider. Biddenden's cider is made by Biddenden Vineyards Ltd. whose premises are close to the village of Biddenden. Biddenden Vineyards have a website (see external links).

In 1100, Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, a pair of conjoined twins, were born in the village.

On December 21, 1821, LDS leader and Utah pioneer John R. Winder was born in Biddenden.


[edit] Origin of Name

The place name of Biddenden is derived from Old English, meaning Bidda's woodland pasture associated with a man called Bida originally Biddingden (c993) Bida + ing + denn, eventually evolved into the current spelling.[1][2]

[edit] Demography

Biddenden compared
2001 UK Census Biddenden Ashford district England
Population 2,434 102,661 49,138,831
Foreign born 5.8% 5.5% 9.2%
White 98.7% 97.6% 90.9%
Asian 0.3% 0.9% 4.6%
Black 0.5% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 78.6% 76.5% 71.7%
Muslim 0.1% 0.6% 3.1%
Hindu 0.2% 0.3% 1.1%
No religion 12.7% 14.6% 14.6%
Unemployed 1.7% 2.4% 3.3%
Retired 18.8% 13.8% 13.5%

As of the 2001 UK census, the Biddenden electoral ward had a population of 2,434. The ethnicity was 98.7% white, 0.4% mixed race, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% black and 0.1% other. The place of birth of residents was 94.2% United Kingdom, 0.4% Republic of Ireland, 1.6% other Western European countries, and 3.8% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 78.6% Christian, 0.3% Buddhist, 0.2% Hindu, 0% Sikh, 0% Jewish, and 0.1% Muslim. 12.7% were recorded as having no religion, 0.3% had an alternative religion and 7.9% did not state their religion.[3]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 32.8% in full-time employment, 12.5% in part-time employment, 16.9% self-employed, 1.7% unemployed, 1.1% students with jobs, 2.4% students without jobs, 18.8% retired, 9.4% looking after home or family, 2.5% permanently sick or disabled and 2% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 13.9% retail, 9.5% manufacturing, 10.3% construction, 14.3% real estate, 10.3% health and social work, 7.2% education, 4.7% transport and communications, 5.2% public administration, 4.9% hotels and restaurants, 5.7% finance, 5.8% agriculture and 8.2% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in agriculture and construction. There were a relatively low proportion in manufacturing, transport and communications. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 19.6% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[3]

[edit] References

  1. , The Place Names of Kent, Judith Glover ISBN 0905270 614
  2. , The Origin of English Place Names, P.H.Reaney ISBN 0710020104
  3. , a b Neighbourhood Statistics. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.

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