East Malling

East Malling
St James the Great's Church, East Malling (NHLE Code 1099148).JPG
St James the Great's Church
East Malling is located in Kent
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East Malling
East Malling
Location within Kent
Civil parish
  • East Malling and Larkfield
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom

East Malling is a village in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, in the part of the civil parish of East Malling and Larkfield lying south of the A20 road. In 2019 the ward had an estimated population of 5478.[1]


The earliest recorded reference to East Malling is "in a Charter of King Edmund (942 – 946 AD) which refers to ‘East Mealing’, describing a gallows."[2] East Malling was recorded in the Domesday Book as Mellingete.[3]

Farming was common in the area until the 1960s including hops and fruit orchards, and some of this activity remains today including the East Malling Research Station. After World War II, Malling Rural District Council developed the Step Stile and Clare Park housing estates.


The ragstone church[4] is dedicated to St James the Great, and forms part of a Conservation Area on the High Street.

St James is the primary school and the main secondary school for the area is The Malling School.


There is a railway station at East Malling with services to Maidstone, Ashford & London.


Much of the location filming for the 1960s BBC comedy programme "Mr Pastry" took place in the countryside around East Malling. Richard Hearne who starred had lived in a neighbouring village, St Mary Platt, and knew the area well.

Nearest settlements

See also

  • Bradbourne House
  • East Malling Stream


  1. ^ "East Malling". City Population De. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  2. ^ Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/downloads/file/1252/medway-gap-character-area-spd-adopted-part-1
  3. ^ "Kent A-E". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  4. ^ Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1099148

External links

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St James the Great's Church, East Malling (NHLE Code 1099148).JPG
Author/Creator: The Voice of Hassocks, Licence: CC0
St James the Great's Church, Church Walk, East Malling, Borough of Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, England. The ancient parish church of East Malling. Listed at Grade I by English Heritage (NHLE Code 1099148)
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Map of Kent, UK with the following information shown:

  • Administrative borders
  • Coastline, lakes and rivers
  • Roads and railways
  • Urban areas

Equirectangular map projection on WGS 84 datum, with N/S stretched 160%

Geographic limits:

  • West: 0.01E
  • East: 1.47E
  • North: 51.52N
  • South: 50.88N