Egerton Village stands on a 350 ft. ridge of Greensand and has an excellent Country Inn, a Church, a Post Office/Village Store, Garage and a good Primary School. The vibrant Village Hall caters for a variety of clubs and societies including a very accomplished Amateur Dramatic Society plus a well-supported weekly Farmers Market.
The oldest surviving houses in the Village date from about the 15th Century, but the presence of the Church with 13th Century origins clearly indicates that the settlement is older than it appears. These houses, surprisingly, are not all clustered in the centre of the Village around the Church, but actually spread out along other roads and often some distance away. Such scattering indicates the importance of farming in the parish, with homesteads built where the land was worked. Damp pasture would be available on the Wealden Clays south of the Village and richer soils would support arable farming on the better drained soils on the Greensand Ridge. This pattern is broadly unchanged today, with orchards and crops on the high ground and largely livestock grazing on the lower fields.
It is almost like stepping back in time to visit the Village of Egerton. One would not be surprised to see Miss Marple stopping for a gossip, or enjoying a drink or two and a Ploughman’s Lunch in The George. If one ventures a little further one soon finds a plethora of excellent and welcoming Country Inns and fabulous Restaurants to enjoy. In nearby Biddenden there is the renowned Michelin Star West House Restaurant and opposite, the much loved Ye Maydes Restaurant. Pluckley is rightfully proud of Elvi Farm - regaled throughout the county for its very unique ambiance, cellar and wonderful, locally sourced food. A favourite haunt is the Who’d Have Thought It at Grafty Green, where they boast a stock of 21 different Champagnes, fresh foie gras and oysters!! For further social delights there is the Smarden Bell, the Three Chimneys Inn and the Pepper Box in Ulcombe.
With new fast rail links between London and Ashford International providing train services into London with in 38 minutes ‘the smart money’ is now refocusing their search area to include the beautiful villages on the rural outskirts of Ashford. Headcorn Railway Station is only some 10/15 minutes away and provides a line up to London Bridge, Charing Cross and London Victoria. Ashford International provides links to Europe and to the Channel Tunnel.
Kent is renowned for the quality, choice and commitment to excellence of its Educational System in both the Public and Private sector. Noteworthy Schools in the area include - Ashford, Homewood House in Tenterden, Friars, Dulwich, Kings, St Edmunds, Sutton Valence, Underhill, St Ronan’s, Marlborough House, Benenden School and Bethany School plus numerous primary schools too.