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Shipbourne, Kent

The village of Shipbourne lies in the county of Kent, in an undulating landscape traversed by the small streams of the River Bourne, set in a clay vale at the foot of the wooded Sevenoaks Greensand Ridge.

Situated between the towns of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, in the borough of Tonbridge & Malling, just under 400 parishioners and their children live in almost 200 dwellings. The landscape is agricultural with dispersed groups of buildings that are almost entirely residential or used for farming purposes.

Views of Shipbourne  Views of Shipbourne

The dominant characteristics of the historical landscape are thick woodland with smaller, broadleaf coppices with small to medium sized fields enclosed by traditional boundaries of hedges or chestnut fencing. Earlier removal of some hedgerows has resulted in some larger arable fields; these are often separated by small woodland belts or Shaws. The most distinctive landscape feature is The Common, also known as The Green, which is a large, open and dominant space in the centre of the village.

The parish is situated in the Metropolitan Green Belt and is an area designated as a Special Landscape Area. The central village including the pub, the church, the village school and The Common is within a Conservation Area. Much of the village lies within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (

Shipbourne Community Projects
Shipbourne & The Great War exhibition and living history event 2014
The Shipbourne Village Design Statement
Shipbourne Farmers' Market


Shipbourne Village SignShipbourne Village Sign

Unveiled in April 2009.  Details and Photos...



This website is designed to be a simple source of information for those living in the village, for visitors and for those who may be just settling in.


Local Services  

Useful Links

Train Times Hildenborough Train Times
Sevenoaks Train Times
Tonbridge Train Times

Kent Road Traffic Report Kent Traffic Report

Shipbourne Weather Local Weather

Shipbourne Design Statement Design Statement

Shipbourne Village Hall Village Hall

Shipbourne Primary School, Kent Shipbourne School

Tonbridge & Malling Borough CouncilTonbridge & Malling
Borough Council

Shipbourne Planning from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council TMBC Online Planning

Kent County Council Kent County Council

Explore Kent Explore Kent

Old Map of Shipbourne 1871 Map

Aerial views Aerial views/maps

Register of Shipbourne Parish: 1558-1658 Register of Shipbourne Parish 1558 - 1658

Collins’ Will 1601? Collins’ Will 1601?

Cazalet ‘Royal’ Wedding 1968 – Pathe News Cazalet ‘Royal’ Wedding 1968 – Pathe News

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Buses Trains
Route 222 Wrotham or Borough Green to Tonbridge via Plaxtol
Route 404 Shipbourne to Edenbridge via Plaxtol, Sevenoaks and Ide Hill.

Timetable by bus shelter on the Green.

Routes 220, 221 and 223 are school buses stopping at Shipbourne for schools in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

Frequent trains run from Tonbridge, Hildenborough and Sevenoaks to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Canon Street.

Trains also run from Borough Green to Victoria.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50.

Use the links at the top of this page for up to the minute information for services from Hildenborough and Tonbridge.


Maidstone District General Hospital (includes A&E)
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9QQ
Distance: 10 miles. Telephone: 01622 729000.

Sevenoaks Hospital (Minor Injuries Unit – No A&E)
Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PG
Distance: 7 miles. Telephone 01732 470200.

Tonbridge Cottage Hospital (no A&E)
Vauxhall Lane, Tonbridge, TN11 0NE
Distance: 6 miles. Telephone 01732 353653.

Pembury Hospital (includes A&E)
Tonbridge Road, Pembury, TN2 4QJ
Distance 9 miles Telephone 01892 823535.

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Local Services

Shipbourne is in the West Kent Area of Kent Police.

Tonbridge Police Station
Pembury Road, Tonbridge TN9 2HS
Opening hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sundays.

PCSO Mark Thomas (more details) is our local PCSO based at Borough Green. He can be contacted by telephoning Borough Green Police Office on 01732 379232 or (mobile) 07772 226006.

Contact details:

For all non-urgent incidents or enquiries: 01622 690690

If a crime is in progress or life is in danger: 999

If you are deaf or speech impaired:
text 'Police' and your message to 60066

For news, advice or details of your neighbourhood officer, visit

Alternatively contact Borough Green Police Office directly for non urgent matters: 01732 379232



Local Services

There are small local libraries at York Parade, 01732 351918 and in Riding Lane, Hildenborough, 01732 838729 and a larger one in Avebury Avenue in Tonbridge, 01732 352754.

A weekly Mobile Library stops on Tuesdays at the Village Hall from 10.45 to 11.00 and then at Lady Vane Close from 11.05 to 11.20

Online library services   KCC Online Library Service

You can now perform many routine tasks such as checking opening times, booking a library PC or renewing your books online from home or work.

Local Services

TMBC’s contractors, Cleanaway currently collect the black wheeled bins weekly. On Monday from Hildenborough Road and Mote Road; Wednesday from Tinley and Friday from the centre of the village, Puttenden and Shipbourne Road.
Changes to refuse collection, introduction of Green Waste Bins.
Green Waste Leaflet Green Waste Leaflet

On collection day the bin must be at the boundary of your property by 7am. Paper and magazines are collected from the smaller green bins provided on alternate weeks.

A Cleanaway lorry that will collect bulky household items and green garden waste stops outside the Village Hall between 8.00 and 9.00 every fourth or last Saturday of the month.
Visit TMBC website for the latest dates.

TMBC refuse & recycling Helpline 01732 876147. TMBC fridges and freezers free collection 01732 876147.

Use TMBC StreetLine 01732 876060 to report abandoned vehicles, dead animals, fly-tipping, litter, missed bins or rodent or insect infestations.

Village Societies, Clubs and Local Facilities

Local Services

Shipbourne Cricket Club
In the summer months there are usually two teams representing Shipbourne on Saturdays and one team on Sundays.
Contact TBA

Shipbourne Women's Institute
The W.I. has a good programme of speakers and activities. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month in the village hall, from 2 - 4pm all year round.

Nursery School
Pipkins Nursery School operates in the village hall and is licensed for 16 children. It offers term-time daycare for children aged between 2 – 5 from 9.15 to 12.45 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and 9.15 to 2.45 on a Tuesday.
For further information

Shipbourne Housing Trust – Lady Vane Close
Shipbourne Housing Trust was founded as a Friendly Society in 1953 under the patronage of the late Mr Peter Cazalet. Sixteen one and two bedroom flats were built at Lady Vane Close to provide retirement accommodation for the elderly of the village although, over the years, some tenancies have been taken by retired people from outside the village. The Trust has always endeavoured to foster a community environment and today the Close is a place of mutual help and friendship.
It is administered by a committee of management that keeps in close contact with the tenants. Each flat is modern and very well appointed and the committee is constantly updating and reviewing ideas for improvements. All this has been made possible by the dedicated voluntary work of the committee, thus minimising management expenses.
Lady Vane Close is an important part of our Shipbourne community and whilst parishioners are willing to give their energetic support to manage it, the Close will continue to prosper and provide accommodation at realistic rents for those approaching, and over, retirement age. Further details are available from John Playle, Hon. Secretary 810562

Ightham Scout Group
Shipbourne comes under Ightham in terms of Scouting.
Cubs (7-10) and Scouts (10-14). Girls and boys.

Kent Adult Education provides courses for individuals and bespoke courses for businesses in areas such as creative skills, health, sport, leisure and self development. The courses range from those that help to develop a hobby, for example painting and drawing, sculpture, pottery, silversmithing and embroidery, to running, yoga, Pilates and dance. More unusual courses offered include canoeing and climbing. There is also a wide range of language courses including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin and Russian.

Plaxtol Local History Group aims to help us all to understand and enjoy the history of Plaxtol and the surrounding areas through lectures, outings, special projects, publications and occasional exhibitions. Each year, it organises 8 or 9 lectures on topics of local interest, held in Plaxtol Memorial Hall. Both members and non-members are welcome. For more information, see the Group's website at  or telephone Vanessa Dussek on 01732 810489

Shipbourne Rights of Way Group was formed in 1987, just a week before the Storm. Today is still exists as a village Group.

In Shipbourne there are some fifteen miles of footpaths and bridleways. These are mainly rural routes that can become muddy or obstructed. The RoW Group’s objective is to ensure that these paths are kept open, signed and clear of obstruction and litter. Any immediate problems are dealt with by members of the Group ‘on the ground’; larger or more difficult problems are reported to the landowner or to Kent County Council for resolution.

The worst parts of many rights of way have been improved in recent years and the Group also annually undertakes a strategic review of the path network, trying to identify any aspect that needs attention and considers whether the network still meets today’s demands.

RoW Group Members are:

Alan Bristow, John Playle, Godfrey Haslehurst, Susan Bowles, Nick Ward and Curtis Galbraith.

Plaxtol Players
An active and enthusiastic amateur dramatic society.
Contact Jane Williams on 01732 833751

Plaxtol and Shipbourne Tennis Club
There are two all weather courts situated on the Green. Annual subscriptions are available. Junior members receive free coaching on Monday evenings during the summer term.

Plaxtol Youth Group
Meets alternate Fridays 19.30 - 21.00 in Plaxtol Memorial Hall. Everyone welcome between 11 and 15 years.
Contact Carol Crossley on 01732 810801

Tonbridge Swimming Pool
A large open and indoor pool with children's’ pool - 01732 367449

Poult Wood Golf Course
A public 9 & 18 hole course in north Tonbridge - 01732 366180

Angel Leisure Centre, Tonbridge 01732 359966
has a gym, badminton courts and various classes.

Tonbridge and Malling Conservative Association – Shipbourne Branch
We support our local Association (Tonbridge & Malling) and hold one social event each year. Being a member also gives an introduction to events arranged by the Association and other branches. We welcome anyone who would like to be involved with our branch’s activities. If you are interested, please contact Alan Bristow on 832316. Committee members are: Alan Bristow, John Playle, Valerie Dagger and Nick Ward.

Shops & Pubs

Local Services

Farmers’ Market, St Giles Church, Shipbourne
Held weekly on Thursday mornings 9-11 am in the church or church approach. Among other produce there are seasonal fresh local vegetables and fruits, eggs, honey, meat and fish products, pies and bread.

Ken Francis, Butcher 01732 810328
The Street, Plaxtol.
 Supplies meat, game and cheese including Scotch Beef and free range poultry. 2005 Gold Award for homemade sausages.

Plaxtol Village Stores 01732 810424
The Street, Plaxtol.
Your local convenience store with seasonal local fresh fruits and vegetables daily, fresh bread from Plaxtol Bakery, milk and cheeses, local eggs, groceries, confectionary, tobacco, off-license, newspapers, household goods, pet food, stationery and greeting cards.
Plus the store holds regular monthly curry nights and 'samosa' week.
Shop hours: Mon-Tue 07:30-18:00, Wed 07:30-15:30,
Thu-Fri 07:30-18:00, Sat 07:30-13:00, Sun 08:00-11:00

Plaxtol Post Office 01732 811330
The Street, Plaxtol
The Post Office is based within Plaxtol Village Stores. It offers many products and services such as E-Top-ups, gift vouchers, Parcel-Force, postal orders, banking facilities, fishing licenses, bureau de change, travel insurance, financial services, ATM, moneygram, paystation, telephony plus mail services.
Post Office hours:
Mon-Fri 09:00-13:00, Sat 10:00-12:00, Sun CLOSED

York Parade, North Tonbridge, has a variety of shops including a chemist, a Co-op supermarket, a butcher, pet shop, pizza, fish & chip and Indian takeaways, a library, newsagent, off-licence, baker, dry cleaner and bathroom / plumbers merchants.

Animal Feed Supplier 01732 810649
Mary and Tim Wells sell most animal feedstuffs from Popes Cottage, Hamptons Road, Shipbourne.

Mobile wet fishmonger Peter Cox visits Shipbourne on Wednesdays. Contact him on 01892 527398

The Chaser Inn opposite the Green is a Greene King Pub that serves food. It has a large garden.
For table reservations call 01732 810360

The Kentish Rifleman at Dunks Green serves food and has a small garden. For table reservations call 01732 810727

Dairy Crest Tunbridge Wells - 01892 520317

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