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December 2010

Nuvola apps kwrite 8, Wednesday - West Malling WI

MM495 11, Saturday Macey's Meadow - Norman Road, West Malling, Volunteers needed

WMFMsep08 19, Sunday - West Malling Farmers' Market


Malling News



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Sun shines bright on Malling Awareness Day, 27 June 2010

On the hottest day of the year so far, well known local retailer, Tim Baldock launched the first Malling Awareness Day – an open showcase for local clubs, organisations and societies to demonstrate their activities and causes. Malling Action Partnership also launched their programme. [2] ...more


News - wider world

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Local enterprise partnership W for Kent, Greater Essex and East Sussex given go-ahead, 28 October [3]

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Kent Green Party delighted by the news that EoN is abandoning its proposed new coal fired power station for Kingsnorth in Kent, 20th October [4]

Abandoned Boat

Government finds Dungeness in Kent not suitable as site for new nuclear power station, due to concerns over the impact of a potential station on important habitat sites [5]


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References

  1. tmbc.gov.uk, press release 23 September 2010
  2. Malling Action Partnership, news release, 15 June 2010
  3. communities.gov.uk, 28 October 2010
  4. Kent Green Party, 20th October 2010
  5. decc.gov.uk, 18 October 2010

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West Malling is an historic market town in the Tonbridge and Malling district of Kent, South East England. West Malling is some 35 miles (56 km) from central London

Growing and gardening Edit

Landmarks Edit

West Malling contains many historic buildings. St. Leonard’s Tower, a Norman keep, was built by Bishop Gundulf c.1080. He also built the White Tower of the Tower of London, the castles of Rochester and Colchester, the Priory and Cathedral of Rochester. In c.1090 Gundulf founded St. Mary’s Abbey in West Malling for Benedictine nuns. This historic site contains significant buildings from the Norman, medieval, Tudor and Georgian eras. There is also a Grade II* 1966 Abbey Church which is used by the Anglican Benedictine nuns who have made Malling Abbey their home since 1916. Other buildings of interest in West Malling include the Prior’s House, once a residence for those with leprosy; Ford House, over 600 years old; a mainly Georgian High Street; the Swan, an 18th-century coaching inn, and Went House, built c.1720 and noted for its elegant brickwork.

Sport Edit

West Malling is reputed to be the site of the first recorded cricket match in Kent. The ground, off Norman Road, was once the home of inter-county cricket in Kent, and it is known that In 1705, "West of Kent" played Chatham at Malling.

The setting for the cricket match between All Muggleton and Dingley Dell in Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers was based on an amalgamation of the grounds at West Malling and Maidstone. There is a resemblance to West Malling in the original illustration of the match, a version of which featured on the back of the £10 banknote featuring Dickens, first circulated on 29 April 1992.

Cultural references Edit

In 1967, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour was filmed around West Malling, including in the High Street and at the airfield. The Beatles were once owners of Douce's Manor, between the town and the airfield.

Take a tour Edit

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Google Street View gives you 360° degree images of public streets.

To access a Google Street View of Swan Street, West Malling click here

To move the view, move your mouse pointer to click on the arrow toward the centre of the picture, or drag and drop the yellow man icon to a different place on the map. ...more about Google Street View.


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