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Norton

Norton is a small village about 3½ miles west of Faversham. It is in the Norton, Buckland and Stone Parish.

Norton community

History

Reticent is a fair way of describing Norton. A small rural parish just west of Faversham, it must once have been much bigger than it is now.

In 1086, the Domesday Book surveyor reported that it possessed three churches, three mills and two fisheries.

Today, there is just one church, no mills and no fishery - indeed the sea seems far away. How can this be? No one can be certain, but it looks as though the parish may originally have included Newnham, which is not recorded in Domesday. This would account for one of the ‘missing’ two churches, but where the other one was is not known.

The whereabouts of the fisheries is also a mystery, though the parish extends north across the A2 close to the low-lying Swale levels and perhaps there was once a ‘detached’ portion here that gave it access to tidal waters.

There used to be no ‘village’ of Norton, just a scattering of houses and farms, but recently the picturesque settlement of Lewson Street, with its popular pub, The Plough, was transferred from the parish of Teynham and now fulfils this role.

It used to be known, perhaps more attractively, as Lucerne Street. (The term ‘street’, used for most new roads in Victorian towns and cities, was often used in medieval Kent to describe a village along, or around, a highway.) 

 
  Church of St Mary
Church of St Mary, Norton

World's End House Norton
World's End House, Norton

Barbary Farm Norton
Barbary Farm, Norton

NORTON VILLAGE HALL - available to hire

The hall is a modern community building completed in 2002.
The hall is well equipped with tables and chairs for up to 80 people. There is a modern kitchen.
Car parking to the front of the hall is for 20 cars and additional parking is available by prior arrangement. It has a secure grassed and patio area to the rear. The disabled toilet houses a ‘baby changing area’.

Activities and events for which the hall has been/is used for, are:-Senior keep-fit, Society meetings, council meetings, wedding receptions, childrens and adult parties and discos, Medau and Yoga classes, dance lessons, Art group meetings, theatrical and musical recitals, and various charitable & village events.
The Hall is available for both regular and individual bookings.

Equipment:-  80 chairs and 20 tables, portable stage, cine screen, short mat bowls mat.
Kitchen – Double oven and hob, refrigerator, microwave oven, tea urn, kettles, a limited amount of crockery and cutlery.

The Hall is an ideal venue for:-children’s parties, social gatherings of up to 80 persons, dance and movement classes, meetings, charity functions.For information about availability, hire charges, and bookings, contact  Mr A.R.Trim on 01795 522553 or e-mail atrim@btinternet.com    
   
 
Norton Village Hall

Inside Norton Village Hall