The village of Headcorn in Kent, England

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A stroll down memory lane

Strolling along the path besides the churchyard of Saint Peter and Saint Pauls with cottages on our right.

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.

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The tactile village map of Headcorn highlighting all the key features and points of interest , created to commemorate The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002

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, a half timbered building built in the late Middle Ages just prior to the Tudor Period.

‘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.

Looking across the High Street to ‘The Chequers’ and Shakespeare's house, behind the village War Memorial

‘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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Visit some of Kent’s coastal towns?

Kent is not short of picturesque historic towns, particularly along the Kentish coastline. Take a peek at some we’ve visited, Hythe, Deal, Folkestone, Margate and Sandwich.

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.

Looking over the headstones of the graveyard towards St Peter and Paul's church in Headcorn

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.

A white timber clad cottage alongside the churchyard on a sunny day

Charming weather-board cottage

This little country lane is enchanting and a part of England that should never alter.

A beautiful old cottage in Headcorn named Oak cottage

Oak Cottage along Church Walk

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Enjoyed Headcorn?

If Headcorn was tempting you, take a look at our post on Tenterden, another jewel in the ‘Garden of England’, and only 10 miles south of Headcorn.

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.

An antiques and collectables shop on the High Street in Headcorn with teddy bear and a small child's bed in the window

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.

A traditional butchers next to a traditional bakers on the High Street in Headcorn

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’.

Four homemade gypsy tarts in the window of traditional bakers in Headcorn. Gypsy tarts of a local speciality of Kent.

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?

Pretty Little florists, named Sweet William, in the village with its wares on display outside in the courtyard.

Sweet William florists

Tempted to?

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.

Looking over the Kent countryside on a misty day  from a hot air balloon with another balloon in shot.

Ballooning over the Kent countryside

Further reading

If you're intrigued by Kent's weird and wonderful history, or all unusual stories around the county, then take a peek at "Kent's Strangest Tales".

You won't be able to put it down, you can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old paperback.


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.

The village tea room shop with 3 tables and chairs outside covered in chequered tablecloths

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.

The George and Dragon pub on the High Street built in a Tudor style.

George and Dragon

Tempted to?

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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Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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