Chevening, Kent

Chevening is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. It was the location for the world's earliest known organised cricket match.


Location within Kent
Population3,092 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ4857
Civil parish
  • Chevening
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTN14
Dialling code01732
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament

The parish is located to the north west of Sevenoaks on the southern slopes of the North Downs. The parish is a small one, being 6.5 miles (10.5 km) in length and 1 mile (1.6 km) wide. It has a population of 2,762,[2] increasing to 3,092 at the 2011 Census.[1] Apart from the village the remaining area is rural. Chevening House is located here. The Pilgrims' Way crosses the parish. Close to Chevening, the path of Harold Godwinson's army en route to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, heading south along what is now Chipstead Lane, crosses William the Conqueror's route after the battle towards London along the Pilgrim's Way.

The village of Chevening is also small. It stands on the upper reaches of the River Darent. The village lies very close to the M25 motorway. Its parish church is dedicated to St Botolph.


Chevening was the venue for the world's earliest known organised cricket match. The match can be deduced from a 1640 court case recording a "cricketing" of "Weald and Upland" against "Chalkhill" at Chevening "about thirty years since" (i.e. around 1611). The case concerned the land on which the game was played.[3]


Chevening was served by a halt on the Westerham Valley Branch Line running between Westerham and Dunton Green: the branch opened in 1881 but the halt at Chevening was not added until 1906 when steam railmotor services began on the line. Both line and halt closed in 1961.


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  2. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Sevenoaks Retrieved 18 May 2010
  3. Underdown, David (2000) Start of Play, p.4. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 0-7139-9330-8.
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