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Chilham is a mostly agricultural village and parish in the English county of Kent with a clustered settlement, Chilham village centre, in the north-east, and a smaller linear settlement, Shottenden. Well-preserved roads and mostly residential listed buildings in its centre has led to its use as a location in television and film.SettlementsThe village of Chilham is in the valley of the Great Stour River and beside the A28 road 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Canterbury. It is centred on a market square, where a traditional annual May Day is celebrated. At each end of the square are its major buildings: Chilham Castle and the 15th-century parish church, dedicated to St Mary. It is believed that Thomas Becket was buried in the churchyard. The village has a number of period houses such as the former vicarage, which dates from 1742. The castle was owned by the Viscounts Massereene and Ferrard until its sale in 1997. In 2013 it was owned by Stuart Wheeler, founder of the spread-betting firm IG Index.The railway station, is in a part of the village sometimes called Bagham on the line from Ashford to Canterbury.There are two other named localities or neighbourhoods in the civil parish: Shottenden and a much smaller neighbourhood, Old Wives Lees.Chilham is in Kent. Customize your holiday with our United Kingdom planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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