D - Any interesting facts about Aylesford parish?
There are a lot of things you may not have known about Aylesford parish. Its big, from Rochester Airport estate in the north to Barming village in the south. And it's diverse. It contains two rail stations, at Barming on the Maidstone to Victoria line, and Aylesford, on the Medway Valley line, and a continental railway, the CTRL; two motorways, the M2 and the M20; part of the Thames Gateway, north of the M2, and part of the Medway Gap urban area, along the A20 and M20; Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the rural areas; villages, working farms and a new vineyard; an estuarine River; a unique group of megalithic monuments, the site of an significant battle between between the Romano-British and the Anglo-Saxons, a medieval bridge and a medieval friary, the centre of the ancient Lathe of Aylesford (a lathe is an obsolete administrative unit between the Hundred and the County, that dates back to the Saxon Kingdom of Kent); a long distance national trail (the North Downs Way); retail parks and industrial parks; a former stately home (Preston Hall) now used as a hospital; a television transmitter covering a big chunk of Kent, London and Essex at Blue Bell Hill; working quarries producing sand,clay and ragstone; a cemetery and a crematorium; a rugby club playing in London 2 South-East; a 1200m international outdoor kart circuit; a waste to energy plant and a solar farm.
All of these places and others, even though some have postal addresses such as Chatham, Rochester or Maidstone, are all in Aylesford parish.