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Willesborough (Kent)

Willesborough shown within Kent
Population 7,800 (2005)[1]
OS grid reference TR025417
District Ashford
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ashford
Postcode district TN24
Dialling code 01233
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
European Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Ashford
List of places: UKEnglandKent

Coordinates: 51°08'19?N 0°53'45?E? / ?51.1386, 0.8957

Willesborough is a suburb of Ashford, Kent, UK. The area has schools, post offices, shops and other local resources, it is mainly residential but as Ashford expands there is more and more commercial activity around Willesborough.


[edit] The Area

The South Willesborough Dykes area is on the west bank of the East Stour river is an area of sheep fields drained by dykes. The area is designated as the South Willesborough Dykes Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). The dykes continue on the east side of the East Stour river and amongst the residential areas, and a tributary stream (Aylesford Stream) runs between Newtown and South Willesborough and into the East Stour. The smallest ditches dry up completely in summer.[2]

The South Willesborough Dykes have limited access to the public but are nonetheless important in terms of the geology of the area, being in the river floodplain and in supporting neutral, wet grassland species, along with Willesborough's Aylesford Green and Boys Hall forming part of the Ashford Green Corridor.[3].

Ashford Borough Council has a project to create the Willesborough Dykes Country Park.[4]

There are a number of schools in and around the Willesborough area.

[edit] History

William Harvey (1578 - 1657)
William Harvey (1578 - 1657)

The town is most famous for its classic windmill built in 1869 near Hythe Road and St Marys Church on Church Road, with one of the oldest ringing bells in Kent.

English international cricketers Mark Ealham and Richard Ellison were born in Willesborough.

There is also a very popular scout group in willesborough called 1st Willesborough and it caters from the ages of 5 to 18.

[edit] Commerce

[edit] William Harvey Hospital

The major hospital based here, covering a large part of Kent is the William Harvey Hospital, named after the famous doctor, William Harvey (1578–1657), who discovered the blood circulatory system. There is a statue of William Harvey at the Hospital and an older damaged statue of him, from the hospital, in the garden at the William Harvey Public House, Church Road in Willesborough.

[edit] Industry

Norman Cycles was a bicycle, autocycle, moped, and motorcycle manufacturer based in Ashford, Kent. The Norman Cycles Club is based at Willesborough Windmill and The Norman Museum is located in the Windmill's barn, where they have some mopeds and bicycles on display.

Industry around Willesborough is thriving with a number of "Business Parks" in the area.

[edit] References

  1. , 2005 Ward Level Population Estimates. Kent County Council (September 2006). Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
  2. , SWANEG (South Willesborough and Newtown Environmental Group)
  3. , Ashford Green Corridor
  4. , Ashford Borough Council - Project Office

(Source: Wikipedia)
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