Original article from Kent Live
If you asked most people in the UK what they think of when you say the word Leeds they’d probably say shopping, nightlife and major sport teams.
The city of Leeds in Yorkshire is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK with a population of nearly 2 million people and is building an ever growing reputation.
It's served by five universities, an airport and a rail link to the rest of the UK and is a popular spot for tourists who visit the UK.
So it’s fair to say the city also couldn’t be any further away from the small village of Leeds in Maidstone.
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The historic and picturesque Kent village is tucked away in the countryside despite being just a couple of miles off the M20.
You certainly wouldn’t want to get mixed up between the two locations which have the same name – Leeds in Kent might be just 236 miles away from the northern city, but they’re really worlds apart.
People from across the country will probably be aware of Leeds Castle in Kent but they may not know much about the village which sits to the west of the castle.
The village dates back more than 1,000 years to when Ledian built a fortress in the village in 978 AD and now has all the attractions which make it one of the most picturesque villages in Kent.
Leeds in Yorkshire is perhaps best known for being home to a number of sporting venues which attract tens of thousands of fans every week.
Whether it’s Elland Road for Leeds United or Headingley for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhino’s – Leeds is one of the biggest sporting cities in the country.
In the tiny Kent village, the sporting entertainment is based around the ‘Leeds playing field’ which is home to a football pitch, a practice goal area and a play area with swings – although we reckon Sunday League football gets just as tasty.
The nightlife in the city is what makes it so popular with university students and young people.
From the big clubs like PRYZM, Wire and the Hi-fi clubs to some trendy bars and restaurants dotted around the city – the city is a hive of activity, even away from term time.
In the sleepy Kent village, The George Inn provides enough entertainment to keep the locals happy.
The pub, which is listed in the Good Pub Guide, was originally built in the 1600’s and provided a good pint and a tasty meal.
The city of Leeds has five top class universities, a whole host of schools and a huge student population which really add an extra buzz to the city for most of the year.
In the Kent village, the education is focused on Leeds and Broomfield village school.
The city of Leeds has a mainline train station which enables you to be in either London or Edinburgh in just a couple of hours.
The village is limited to the number 13 which runs every hour.
While you may think the village is quiet and sleepy, it is actually fairly busy with cars passing through it.
It’s why locals have called for a relief road to ease traffic congestion through the village.
While there is still uncertainty over whether a relief road will be implemented, one thing is for certain…
Make sure you get the right postcode!