A popular Kentish village located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The charming village of Aldington is located on top of the hills to the north of the Romney Marsh and offers magnificent views over the Marshes from Lympne to Dungeness.
Aldington is steeped in history and whilst it is not immediately obvious there are over 50 buildings of ‘Historical or Architectural Interest’ in the parish.
The village is strongly associated with historic Kent smuggling folklore including characters such as George Ransley and Cephas Quested who are both associated with the infamous ‘Aldington Smuggler Gang’. George Ransley who was originally born in Ruckinge in 1792 became the leader of the gang as they grew in strength and landed goods all along the coast from Rye to Deal. In October 1826, Ransley was arrested and sent to work as a prisoner in Tasmania.
During the Second World War, Aldington Knoll was used frequently as an observation post for spotting incoming German planes and Doodlebugs flying over to attack London.
These days the village of Aldington enjoys a good number of facilities including Aldington primary school, a local pub with a restaurant, a post office & village store, a butchers shop, a popular village hall and a delightful parish church.
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