A stroll down memory lane
The path besides the Church of Saint Peter & Paul
Travelling through the lush green countryside of Kent you are never too far away from a quaint English village.
Beautiful ancient churches, half-timbered cloth halls and tea rooms just tempting you to stop.
Headcorn village map and historical locations
Headcorn which is only around 10 miles south of the bustling county town of Maidstone, has all these warming qualities.
A little history
Although I was born in London, I’ve lived most of my life in Kent and love history. So, I was surprised when I’d dug a little deeper into the past of the ‘Weald of Kent’, that Flemish cloth makers played an important role in the county.
‘The Chequers’ - cloth hall, built in 1480
In the 14th-century during the reign of King Edward III, Kent saw an influx in the immigration of workers from Flanders. With this brought their knowledge of weaving and cloth-making and the Weald region of Kent began to thrive.
‘The Chequers’ & Shakespeare House
The flourishing weaving industry during this period and into the 15th century also introduced the beautiful half-timbered ‘Cloth Halls’. It’s within these eye-catching buildings that the weaving on looms would have taken place.
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Heart of the village
Like so many villages, the community revolves around the local church. The parish church in Headcorn is St Peter and Paul, located at the far end of the High Street.
Church of Saint Peter & Paul
There are beautiful cottages and charming medieval homes all along Church Walk. The quintessential English country garden was blossoming in the sunshine. While the fragrant rambling roses cling to the doorways.
Charming weather-board cottage
This little country lane is enchanting and a part of England that should never alter.
Oak Cottage along Church Walk
Headcorn’s High Street
What I love about some English villages, is that although a part of modern-day society always creeps in. It’s so pleasing when the little independent stores poke their elbows out and say we’re not going anywhere.
Allsorts - Antiques and collectables
There were the local family butchers and bakers that had been serving the community for years. You could just imagine some the great gossip and stories that had been shared over the counters for decades.
Hollamby’s Butcher & Home Bake Bakers
We couldn’t resist popping into the bakers and grabbing a freshly filled roll, and a delicious sweet treat hailed from the Kentish region a ‘Gypsy Tart’.
Through the High Street, you had a florist, a deli, a hardware store, locally run restaurants and a music shop. What more could you want from a village?
Sweet William florists
If you are tempted to soar above the rooftops and watch the beautiful Kent countryside unfold below. Then fly over to Headcorn Aerodrome and enjoy a hot air balloon ride with Skybus Ballooning. We embarked on a trip with them a few years ago now, and it was incredible.
Ballooning over the Kent countryside
Where to eat?
If you fancy soaking up the village atmosphere, have a little rest at the Village Tea Rooms. Here in the main High Street, you can indulge in a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Village Tea Rooms
However, if it's a local pub you’re after with some pub classics, stop at the George and Dragon and enjoy a cheeky half as well.
George and Dragon
Discover more of the Great British Isles, why not jump in a car and tour the country at your own pace. You can do it all on a road trip, SIXT car hire cover all budgets and allow you to pick up and drop off at different destinations.
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