Located on the Greensand Ridge overlooking the Vale of Kent and Weald, Sutton Valence is known for its castle owned by English Heritage of which only the ruins of the twelfth century keep remain, while the Roman road from Maidstone to Ashford and Lympne once passed through the village.
Thanks to its stunning position in the Kent countryside, Sutton Valence is surrounded by farms offering freshly grown produce, much of which is available at the Sutton Valence Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the third Saturday of every month at the Village Hall in North Street and sells fresh local produce as well as arts and crafts. And for more regular top ups, its worth checking out local farm shops such as PJ’s Farm Shop, where eggs, vegetables, bread, cheese, fruit and dairy products can be found.
In 1086 the village of Sutton Valence was recorded in the Domesday Book under the name of Sudtone, while St Mary’s Church was also recorded which may have been built in wood around 1070, and was re-built in the 1300s using local ragstone, a grey limestone. The village still boasts three working pubs in the high street - The King's Head, the Queen's Head and The Clothworkers Arms – offering a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy good ales and food.
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