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Chilham, Kent

Chilham in Kent has a remarkable fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings.The oldest buildings in the village are thought to be the Tudor Lodge Gift Shop (1370 - 1410), and Peacock Antiques (1450 - 1480). Both are in the row of houses pictured here. These are Wealden Hall buildings. For more details on this type of building, see our history of architecture page. On the south west side of the square stands a twelfth century church, built for Henry II. Facing the church from across the square is Chilham Castle, a building dating from 1616. The designer was reputed to be King James's favourite, Inigo Jones.

There are a number of places to eat and drink in the village. Chilham Castle, however, is not open to the public.

The North Downs Way runs through Chilham. If you are walking the North Downs Way this is a lovely place to stop for a rest. It would also make a good starting point for a short walk along the path.

Directions: Chilham is just off the A252 near Canterbury. The best place to park is the car park you come to almost immediately after turning off the A252. The village is just a short walk up the hill. Click here for an interactive road and satellite map centred on Chilham.

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