Fast growing Sittingbourne is one of Kent’s latter day success stories, and adequately demonstrates the value of having strong railway links to London, just one hour away by train.
With much in the way of residential development having followed on the heels of Sittingbourne’s traditionally industrial past the town has undergone many changes in recent years, and now features an extensive array of shops and facilities that make it a very popular commuter town.
The town has been around for over 1000 years and is an ancient market town – like many in the area – that was once a popular stopping place for pilgrims on the way to Canterbury, and the industrial history of the town is strongly based on the paper making industry. Indeed, a light railway system – the Sittingbourne and Kelmsley Light Railway – was built for transporting materials to and from the paper factories, and is now one of the town’s major tourist attractions.
Doddington Place Gardens, Church Lane, Doddington, Sittingbourne ME9 0BB (01795) 886101
Designed and built during the late 19th Century, Doddington Place was the home of Sir John Croft, founder of the port and sherry company.
Set in ten acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and surrounded by a notable woodland garden, Doddington Place Gardens is regularly the location for TV documentaries and dramas.