The small village in Kent has been rated as one of the most beautiful villages in England as it dates back hundreds of years and is well preserved in all its buildings and attractions.
This quaint little place is an example of a Tudor-style one-street village, with half-timbered houses, gables and stone-hung red-tiled roofs.
Chiddingstone in Kent is owned mostly by the National Trust, which bought it in 1939 to promote its conservation.
On its website, the foundation describes it as “one of the most beautiful villages in Kent, and perhaps England” and explains that the majority of the buildings there are over 200 years old.
The village got its name after the Qeding Stone, which is one of its most famous tourist attractions.
He explains that the mysterious block of sandstone was formed about 135 million years ago A little about Britainwho said that this part of the world would have been a “swampy mess” at that point.
They also revealed some theories behind the rock's purpose, but said no one is really sure what it was used for.
They continued: “Troublesome wives and other wrongdoers were brought here and were reprimanded – or scolded – by crowds of villagers. Sadly – no one knows whether this is true or not.
“Other suggestions suggest that the stone was a Saxon border marker, a place where the ancient Britons conducted their judicial affairs, or that it had an interesting role in Druid rituals.”
The Rock isn't the only reason people head to Chiddingstone, as movie buffs often stop by to see the set of a 1990s Disney movie.
The Wind in the Willows: Mr. Toad's Wild Journey is loosely based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame.
British comedy greats such as Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin and others appear in the film's scenes in the village.
Kent Film Office He explained: “The story revolves around Mole whose house has been bought and marked for development by an evil weasel. Working with his friends, Mole tries to get his house back.
“The old schoolhouse at Chiddingstone (now the Post Office) has the advantage of being the welcome inn where Todd has dinner before stealing a car and crashing it.”
This post office building is among the most historic buildings in Chiddingstone, with the National Trust saying there are recorded references to it dating back to 1453.
Other historic buildings include the castle, which is over 400 years old and is home to a collection of Egyptian, Japanese, Jacobite, Stuart and Buddhist objects.
It has over 35 acres of land to explore, including forest trails and a fishing lake, where day passes can be purchased year-round.
Its tea room serves traditional English lunches and afternoon tea.
One visitor described the castle as a “wonderful, whimsical place” on TripAdvisor.
They added: “The castle is wonderful, especially the stained glass, and the exhibits are very diverse and very interesting.”
It's not the only castle in the village that people like to visit either, as the Castle Inn is still one of the few historic inns that cater to visitors.
according to Kent Livethe first mention of a pub dates back to 1420, adding that Chiddingstone is a village “frozen in time”.
Meanwhile, this village with a population of only 140 people is one of the most beautiful villages in the country.
This village is home to a Hollywood celebrity who can often be found at the local bar.
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