Original article from Kent Live
If you happen to be based outside of east Kent, you'd be forgiven for not knowing too much about the village of Wingham.
It is also home to less than 2,000 people and a famous wildlife park.
Does that potted history offer any intrigue? No? Well how about the fact it is officially one of the most sought after places in Kent to live?
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It has registered the second biggest increase in annual buyer searches on the property portal Rightmove.
They have almost doubled in the last year, according to data comparing February 2020 to February 2021.
Wingham isn't particularly tucked away, known as it is as a bit of a gastropub haven.
It also contained an extremely popular wildlife park and a history that dates back all the way to the Stone Age, lying as it does along the ancient coastal road, now the A257.
Despite a settlement existing in Wingham since the Stone Age, which began around 2.6 million years ago, it wasn't established as a village until the Roman times.
Several discoveries have been made in the Kent village that do in fact trace back to these times.
Archaeologists have uncovered a Roman building, which is said to resemble that of a bath house or bathrooms of a villa, it was excavated in a field called The Vineyards.
Being an ancient village, it homes almost 100 grade listed buildings including two of its pubs – The Dog and The Eight Bells.
Back to the present, it is adorned with several pubs, shops, a café, a post office and nice Indian restaurant.
In recent developments, the village's Miller Close, a small number of houses built by The Rural Housing Trust, was officially opened by Princess Anne.
Wildlife in Wingham
The well known Wingham Wildlife Park is home to the largest number of animal species when it comes to Kent wildlife parks.
From tigers, bats and flamingos to red pandas, penguins and meerkats, you can find almost any species in this wildlife park.
This is a spectacular feature of the Wingham village, no wonder people are clambering to move here, it's perfect for animal lovers and families.
Another glorious part of nature many can experience, is on the Miner's Way Trail, which is a 27 mile long footpath, starting at Sholden.
It links up the coalfield parishes of East Kent from Deal, Ash, Aylesham, Chillenden, Eastry, Eythorne, Elvington, Goodnestone, Nonington, Northbourne Coldred, Staple, Tilmanstone, to Wingham.
Long walks surrounded by mother nature, with home comforts too. What more could you want?