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Hartlip Parish Council Home

Welcome to the official website of Hartlip Parish Council.

Hartlip is a village and civil parish in the borough of Swale in the county of Kent.

The name ‘Hartlip’ derives from the old English ‘hliep’ meaning gate or fence and ‘heorot’ meaning hart or stag. So Hartlip means ‘gate over which harts leap’.

The village is situated in the Garden of England where, traditionally, fruit, hops and grain have been grown. It extends over 1422.547 acres and had a recorded population of 746 in the 2011 Census.

Hartlip has a rich heritage which is valued by residents.

To the south west of the village the remains of a Roman villa complex were found during excavations in 1750. Plans were drawn and the remains reburied to preserve them.

The village grew around the manors which existed in medieval times to provide accommodation for farm labourers and servants.

Historically Hartlip is interesting and has many listed buildings.

The centre of the village is a Conservation Area.

Two places of worship exist in the village: The Church of St Michael and All Angels dates to the 13th Century and one of the earliest Methodist Chapels in Kent built in 1820. Hartlip School is one of the oldest endowed primary schools in the country and was founded in 1678. A meeting place in a barn belonging to Yew Tree Farm can be traced back to the 1800’s and the present Village Hall was built in 1932 and incorporated this barn. The village has a very well used Allotment Area and a Recreation Ground provided by the generosity of Herbert Hales in 1929 and managed by Hartlip Parish Council for Hartlip residents.

Hartlip Parish Council meets in Hartlip Village Hall on the second Wednesday of each month except August.

Members of the public may attend the Democratic Half Hour at the start of each meeting and, if wishing to raise a matter, should refer to the policy ‘Speaking at Meetings’.