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The tiny Kent village loved by both Henry VIII and London commuters

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Original article from Kent Live

Newington is a picturesque village hidden in the borough of Swale that has London commuters standing to attention.

The Kent village was listed as one of the most ideal places to live in, if you're a worker in the capital with a budget of £300,000 or less.

The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the way people live and work, with the majority of people now working from home.

But this pretty part of Kent has much more to offer than just quick links to London.

According to Savills estate agents, Newington is one of the best Kent commuter villages where you can buy a house for less than £300,000.

Affordability is everything, especially when you work out of town.

With only a 38 minutes journey to London, commuters can find houses in the village, near Sittingbourne, for an average of £265,028.

Savills also singled out Newington as one of the most picturesque spots for Londoners seeking refuge from the capital.

But there's so much more to Newington than initially meets the eye.

King Henry VIII and the devil himself

The St Mary Church in Newington was once the property of King Henry VIII and home to the Devil's footprint

The parish church, which is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, is a Grade I listed building and was constructed some time between 1163 and 1177.

Once upon a time it even came into the possession of King Henry VIII, who in turn gave it a a member of his court as a thoughtful gift.

But the history of the village's church takes a very strange turn with its connection to the devil.

There is a stone in the church car park known as the Devil's Stone, which is said to bare the devil's footprint

The Devil's footprint can be found cemented in stone in Newington

The plaque next to the imprinted stone reads "This historic 'Devil's Stone' was removed from the corner of Church Lane and placed here A.D. 1936.".

As the story goes, the devil was upset by the bellringing at St Mary's and so he decided to get rid of the bells.

Throwing the bells into a large sack, he jumped off the top of the tower of the church, landing with great force on the stone.

The bells then rolled out of the sack and into the Libbet Stream, never to be seen again.

The Devil's Stone has been moved a couple of times. When it was first moved it was said to have brought bad luck to the village.

But not to worry, since being removed from the corner of Church Lane, the bad luck ended.

The stone itself is said to bring a person good luck – if you place your finger on the top of it whilst walking around it three times that is.

Rich history

The village has only one remaining pub, named The Bull

It's not just its famous historical connections that make Newington so special.

The village is also dotted with four World War I pill boxes, once used as guard posts by soldiers.

It is also home to the Newington Manor, which is now a conservation area, found in the south of the village.

Newington also holds the national collection of Witch Hazel, a shrub with fragrant yellow flowers.

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The collection is kept at the Witch Hazel Nursery, in Calloways Lane.

It's easy to see why the village was such a desirable and talked about place in centuries gone by.

But Newington has clearly retained a lot of its historical charm, so it's no wonder it's now a hit with a very different generation.

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