Halstead, Kent

Halstead, Kent

Halstead is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The parish is located on the North Downs, 3 miles (4.8km) south of Orpington and 5 miles (8km) north of Sevenoaks.

The name Halstead is derived from the Old English "hald" (refuge, shelter) and "stede" (site, place), meaning 'safe place' or 'place of refuge'. The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret.

Author Edith Nesbit spent some of her adolescence in Halstead during the 1870s and her book "The Railway Children" is thought to be based on her time living in a house, Halstead Hall, the garden of which is near the railway line.

The parish is adjacent to Fort Halstead, a government defence research centre that is thought to have developed Britain's first atomic bomb.

See also

*Halstead, a town in Essex

References

* Hasted, Edward - "The History of Kent" pp319-322 (1788, reprinted 1972).
* Kitchener, Geoffrey - "Halstead in Kent - An Historical Guide" (1978).

External links

* [http://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/hlsd_c01.htm St Margaret's church]
* [http://www.halstead-church.org/ St Margaret's Church (Official Website)]
* [http://www.halstead.kent.sch.uk/ Halstead CP School (Official Website)]
* [http://www.halstead-kent.org.uk/index.php Halstead Community Website]
* [http://www.halsteadparish.org.uk/ Halstead Parish Council]

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