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Chartham
Chartham is located on the Great Stour river and vale of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its paper mill specialises in the production of tracing paper.
The church of St Mary the Virgin, built in approximately 1294, is located next to the village green and is remarkable for containing the oldest peal of bells in Kent.
Chartham Market
Chartham Community Farmer's Market is held weekly on a Thursday afternoon, from 2.30pm to 5pm in the Chartham Village Hall.
The market has three main aims-
to provide the local community with the opportunity to buy locally produced quality goods.
to support local organisations by giving the profits to local groups who provide volunteers to help run the market. to provide an opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours for a chat over a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake.
There are usually between 10 and 12 stalls providing a comprehensive range of goods. Refreshments are available serving Fairtrade tea and coffee and a selection of homemade cakes.
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Chartham
Chartham village is 4 miles west of Canterbury, located on the River Stour which once provided the power for the paper mills. The river provided power for the paper mills until some point before 1955. The name literally means ‘Village on rough ground’, and the word "Chart" is also found in other villages in Kent with this meaning. Paper making has been a major occupation for the last 625 years; the mill dates from the late eighteenth century.

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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
Although most place names may appear at first sight to be random elements of words thrown together in no particular order, most are surprisingly easy to decipher with some elementary grounding in Old English. Over the centuries most of the Old English words have themselves corrupted and changed to appear as we know them today.
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Modern Kentish dialect shares many features with other areas of south-east England (sometimes collectively called "Estuary English"). Other characteristic features are more localised. For instance some parts of Kent, particularly in the north west of the county, share many features with broader Cockney.

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1894 -1895

CHARTHAM PARISH

Chartham, a village and a parish in Kent. The village stands on the river Stour and S.E.R., 66 miles from London, and 3 1/4 SW of Canterbury, under which it has a post, money order, and telegraph office. It was known at Domesday as Certeham ; it occupies a low site round a green, and it contains a house built by Dr Delangle, a French refugee who became rector here, and marked by a bust of Charles II. The parish includes Hortou, the hamlets of Chartham-Hatch and Shalmsford Street. Acreage, 4569 ; population, 2641. The manor was given in 1871 to Christ Church, Canterbury, belongs now to the Chapter there, and is still called the Deanery. Chartham Downs, above the village, have remains of a number of tumuli, called Danes' Banks, and are marked by lines of ancient entrenchments. One of the earliest discoveries of great fossil bones, giving rise to the modern science of palaeontology, was made in 1668 at Chartham, in the sinking of a well. The East Kent Lunatic Asylum was erected in 1875 on Chartham Downs, and will hold 900' patients. A large paper mill is at the back of the village. The living is a rectory, with the chapelry of Horton annexed, in the diocese of Canterbury ; net value, o£501 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is cruciform, variously Early and Decorated English, has rare and very beautiful tracery in the windows, and an embattled tower at the west end, and contains brasses, monumental slabs, a monument of Dr Delangle, and an elaborate monument by Eysbrack of Sir William Young. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.
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