Farningham Village today
Today the Village boasts three pubs, a Village Butchers, an Indian Restaurant, a Book Shop, a Physiotherapy and Osteopathy Practice and a busy social scene, including a thriving Cricket Club. Full details of local services, attractions and pastimes can be found on our Useful Links page.
Never the less a time traveller from a hundred years ago or more would still very much recognise the historic heart of the Village today. This is in no small part due to the establishment of the Farningham Conservation Area, which now covers 15 hectares and contains forty-six listed buildings and structures. It includes almost the full length of the High Street together with the Cricket Ground, Market Meadow adjacent to the Village Hall and the land surrounding the Lion Hotel by the Cattle Screen. Where shops and businesses have disappeared from the High Street their frontages have been retained and it is easy to pick them out.
Among our notable past residents and frequent visitors are Captain Bligh of the 'Munity of the Bounty' and Marianne Farningham - Victorian writer of poetry, biographies, prose and hymns, Charles Dickens, Major W. G. Wilson - one of the inventors of the first tanks, Graham Sutherland - artist and painter of the controversial portrait of Winston Churchill and Patience Strong the well known poet.
The butchers shop served the Village for nearly 200 years before closing its doors for the last time at the end of 2022. Its shown here in Eddie Bainbridge's day.
St Peter & St. Paul Church