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    Sellindge
(Oliver Cromwells Horse)
Domesday Community

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Sellindge lies between Smeeth and Hythe on the A20 , it is a long village stretching from Stone Hill to Sellindge Lees .

The Domesday Book names Sellindge as Sedlinges with two churches a mill , 36 acres of meadow, and a wood for 6 pigs. It is known that William the Conqueror gave the four local manors to Hugo de Montford .

The village as it was inland from Aldington became a distribution point for smuggled goods , and The Whitehall was used for storage.

1556 Thomas Hudson was arrested and taken to Canterbury on suspicion of heresy with 14 other protestants , 5 of the protestants starved to death but Thomas was burned at the stake in Barton Fields .

In the mid 1650's Oliver Cromwell is recorded as having his horse re-shoed at Stone Hill smithy in the village, he paid 4d.

1840 brought the London to Dover railway line into the area, and a station was planned for Sellindge, but the local traders objected and the station was built at Westenhanger. Some time later the tradesmen realised that the railway was bringing business and asked for a halt in the village, but this was turned down.

In one map from 1842 there were 40 acres of hops being harvested and still many Oast houses remain around the area.

At the end of the 1800's Sellindge Lees , the village common was reclaimed and the modern A20 was built through it.


Services

Sellindge has a few local services, but is only a few miles from Hythe in the south and Ashford in the north west.

Ashford about 6 miles north west, provides a major shopping centre, supermarkets and the main line station to London , Paris and Brussels .


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Sellindge is a long straggling village with a few very pretty areas off the main road.

 
       
 
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