High Halden is a village on the A28 situated between Ashford and Tenterden . The village has a large hall that can be booked out for events, meetings and clubs and there is now a very well stocked local super market. The local Chequers pub is currently open again and is called The Chequers on the Green . This had become a very busy and popular pub restaurant since it re-opened with good quality food and local Red Top Dairy beer served .
There was originally a small train station called High Halden Road linking Tenterden to Headcorn but this closed in 1954 and some interesting pictures of this old station can be seen on the disused stations site.
There are also a few old pictures of the village from 1955 on the Francis Frith website .
There was an RAF runway built near High Halden which was opened in 1944,which was a prototype for the type of temporary Advanced Landing Ground type airfield which would be built in France after D-Day . It was used by the United States Army Air Forces. It was closed in September 1944.
Further info and a picture can be seen here :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_High_Halden
If was said that fifty tons of oak from some distance away was used to build the unusual tower and spire of the 10th -14th century Church in 1470-1490.
The Chequers Inn, circa 1620, is known to have been used by smugglers and the various gangs such as the “Hawkhurst” and “Cranbrook” gangs that were active in the mid 18th century. The parish is recorded in the Domesday Book and parts of a Norman manor can be seen at Tiffenden Farm.
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- Chequers Public House
- Anglican (Parish) Church
- Horticultural Society
- Recreation Ground with Children’s Play area
- Church of England Primary School
- Parish Council
- Short-mat Bowls
- Football Clubs: The Hornets and Brewmasters
- Young at Heart
- Church Groups (eg Parent & Toddler)
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