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Leigh

Leigh is six miles south of Sevenoaks and three miles west of Tonbridge, the leigh estate agents letting agency image.name Leigh is pronounced to rhyme with fly.

It sees that the hamlet of Leigh was established by the latter part of the 11th century and by the end of the 12th century it probably had a larger population as three moated farmhouses date from this time.

In the 14th century the stone Parish Church, St Mary's was built and large areas of land surrounding the village were purchased by Sir John Pulteney, the owner of Penshurst Place.

In the 19th century the nature of the village changed as Hall Place was sold on to the Baily family in 1820 and later by the Morley family in 1870. Both families undertook substantial building work in the village, employing local architects using local materials that gave the village many of its most distinguished buildings and design characteristics. These include Hall Place, East and Old Lodges, The Square, Forge Square and the School Master's House.

In 1842 the Tonbridge to Redhill railway was built along the southern edge of the village. Although this brought an influx of new residents, the embankment on which the line ran created a physical boundary that effectively preventing expansion of the village further south. The railway station in Leigh originally opened as "Leigh Halt" in 1911; was renamed "Lyghe Halt" in 1917; "Leigh Halt" again about 1960; and simply "Leigh" in 1969. Journey times to Tonbridge are about five minutes, a change of train at Tonbridge can get passengers to Tunbridge Wells in about thirty minutes.

Much of the centre of the village is designated a Conservation Area that extends from Park House and Kennards in the north east to the entrance lodge to Hall Place in the west and includes the area surrounding the Green, the Church and the area immediately to the south of it; the High Street and the land to the east of Kiln Lane. Within the Conservation Area are 49 Listed Buildings or structures.

Leigh Primary School
, adjacent to Leigh village green was built in 1870 as the Boys’ National School, it has since been extended and today provides an education for children aged from 4 to 11 years..

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