Original article from Kent Live
Teynham is a fairly large village situated in the Swale borough – and it has an intriguing past.
The village was in Kent's top-five most-searched areas last month compared to figures from the previous year.
The list, complied by estate agent Rightmove, saw Teynham weigh in at number five, with a 31% increase in buyer searches.
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From looking at the nearby access to the town and some of the properties available, it's clear to see why people would like it.
The village is immediately north of the A2 road, is accessible off the M2 from the Sittingbourne junction and also has its own railway station.
Southeastern trains run between London Victoria and Dover, making trips to both the capital and the Kent coast very accessible.
There are two schools – Teynham Parochial Church of England Primary School and a community pre-school – in the village, making it a hit with families.
And for those looking for culture, Teynham is steeped in history, with a church and a nearby village hall in the heart of the area.
Clearly Teynham's eye opening past has not put off potential new residents.
The Swale, which is a tidal channel of the Thames estuary, separates the Isle of Sheppey with the rest of Kent.
A tract of land named the Teynham Levels lies near the Swale, and it is solely devoted to raising sheep and cattle.
However, the marshes once failed to be properly drained which meant that malaria was rife within Teynham.
The infectious disease can affect both humans and animals, while resulting in a fever, tiredness, vomiting and headaches.
It's most commonly spread by mosquitos, and some severe cases have caused yellow skin, seizures, coma or death.
A significant number of residents contracted the disease, which meant the village became known as a relatively unhealthy place.
It even featured in a famous old rhyme which goes: "He that will not live long. Let him dwell at Murston, Teynham or Tonge."
According to Teynham Parish Council: "The old rhyme had some relevance in days gone by when low-lying Swale creekside villages, like Teynham, tended to be pretty unhealthy spots to live.
"But as the result of the draining of the marshes, carried out under the direction of a Commission formed for the purpose, the village became healthy."
And now it's not just healthy – it's very popular.
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