A HISTORY OF AYLESHAM
The name Aylesham is thought to derive from the old English ‘Aegeles ham’ meaning Aegel’s settlement. Though the name is old, Aylesham is a comparatively modern place chosen as the first of a number of new towns to be created in east Kent for miners working in the area’s coalfield.
During the 1920s renowned architect and town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie was commissioned to design Aylesham by mine owners Pearson & Dorman Long who had acquired 600 acres of farmland a couple of miles from their colliery at Snowdown.
Sir Patrick’s vision was that Aylesham would be a self sufficient community of up to 15,000 residents living in 3,000 houses. It soon had its own primary and secondary schools, fire station, police station, choirs, railway station, Co-op store, social club, sports clubs, parish council and churches.
By the 1930s, the falling price of coal, economic depression and industrial unrest meant there was no money to continue with the plan and only 650 or so houses and a few community facilities were built. That didn’t stop many more miners moving to the area though. They had been forced to move south to look for work after mine closures in the north of England, Scotland and Wales.
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Drop-in surgery is the last Friday of every month between 10.00am – 12. at Aylesham House.
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