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The small vil­lage of Chart Sut­ton is five miles south of Maid­stone.

To­gether with the nearby vil­lages of Sut­ton Va­lence and East Sut­ton it forms one of “the three Sut­tons”.

Chart Sut­ton is on the edge of the Green­sand Ridge, where it over­looks the Weald of Kent. Around 700 peo­ple are on the elec­toral roll.

A post of­fice, garage/petrol sta­tion, pubs, church and pri­mary school are at nearby Sut­ton Va­lence,

The parish coun­cil web­site notes that chart is the mod­ern word for the Saxon “caert”, mean­ing heath­land, this area be­ing on the route used by the North Kent tribes when they took their stock south to fat­ten on the rich for­est lands.

Later records, from 1855, show that the area was noted for pro­duc­ing superior golden hops, fruit and cob­nuts.

See www.chart­sut­tonpc.kent­parishes.gov.uk for more in­for­ma­tion and to down­load leaflets for four lo­cal walks.

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