Working for Wye - past, present and future

About Wye

Click on the blue heading bars below to see more information about each aspect of the Parish Council's work

Historical background

A view from Wye churchyard of the Latin School and its 15th century west door. This grade 1 building was part of the original Wye College founded in 1447 by Archbishop Kempe. .

Wye College Latin School, founded 1447.

'Wye in Kent has a long and distinguished history: Mesolithic hunters camped by the River Stour, Neolithic farmers cleared the forest and Bronze-age warriors were buried on the Downs. From being a Romano-British country estate on the road to Canterbury, Wye became a royal residence of Kentish kings, and then grew into a regional centre with jurisdiction over a large part of Kent until 1066.

William the Conqueror gave the Royal Manor of Wye to Battle Abbey in 1067, and Domesday records that Wye was a thriving community. The medieval village, with its minster church, ancient grammar school, timbered houses and inns, is still very much in evidence.' Wye Historical Society

The close proximity of Canterbury Cathedral shaped the history and development of Wye throughout the middle ages. The historic city of Canterbury is only 12 miles away and is accessible via the well-marked North Downs Way, as this illustrated 'one day pilgrimage' guide shows. Canterbury was the principle pilgrimage destination in medieval England. On the 29th December 2020 Canterbury will commemorate the 850th anniversary of the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket.


About the civil parish of Wye with Hinxhill

Click on the blue bar above for some key facts about the civil parish of Wye with Hinxhill today.

Click on the blue bar for contact details and an outline of elected councillors, the staff and parish volunteers.

What we do: a summary of the Parish Council's roles and responsibilities and how elected councillors, parish volunteers and paid staff work together in teams.

Kent is a shire (non-metropolitan) county, so Wye residents elect three tiers of representatives at the parish, borough and county levels. Responsibilities for different services are divided between the three tiers. There is some overlap, e.g. litter control and allotment provision.

Where we are: click on the blue bar to see a map of the Wye with Hinxhill parish boundary.

The Parish Council owns over 100 plots on Churchfield and Beanfield allotments. Both of which are designated as statutory sites under the Allotments Acts. Plots are available for residents to let.

The Parish Council is the burial authority for Wye. As such, it has managed the new burial ground, adjacent to the churchyard since 1981, in partnership with the Parochial Church Council. The new burial ground is non-denominational. Please contact the Burial Clerk here.

Last updated: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:21