The Civil Parish of Chartham, Kent is situated 3 miles from Canterbury and 11 miles from Ashford, within the District of Canterbury City Council. The population at the 2001 census was 4941.
Chartham is a large Parish covering 25 square kilometres. Only about 5 square kilometres are built up, the remainder being farmland and woodland, much of which adjoins the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The parish consists of five separate settlements:
THE ‘VILLAGE’ area developed near the river. It is centred around the 13th century church of St. Mary, The Green and Rattington Street, spreading out to Parish Road and Bolts Hill.
SHALMSFORD STREET on the western edge of the parish comprises two sections. The lower end, from the River Stour to Bolts Hill, is the older, original settlement. The upper section and the roads off are mainly comprised of post World War II developments.
MYSTOLE, near the boundary with Chilham, developed around the original 16th century grand mansion with its farms and parkland.
CHARTHAM HATCH – a hilltop settlement approximately one mile to the north of the centre of Chartham and separated from it by the busy A28 Ashford Road.
ST AUGUSTINE’S – the newest and largest development, consisting of 500 homes, built on the site of the former St. Augustine’s Hospital.
Houses are of mixed age and style – early manor houses, Tudor, Victorian, pre-war and post-war semi-detached, bungalows, and modern executive. Many of the older buildings are classified as “Listed”.
Over the years three housing estates have developed at the top of Shalmsford Street, Rentain Road and The Hyde, at Bolts Hill.