Nonington (variously, Nonnington, Nunyngton, Nonnyngton and Nunnington), is a civil parish and village in the southeast corner of Kent, situated halfway between the historic city of Canterbury and the channel port town of Dover. The civil parish includes the hamlets of Easole Street, to which it is conjoined and Frogham.

Nonington village hall, Kent.jpg
Nonington Youth Club
Nonington is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population906 {2011}[1]
OS grid referenceTR255525
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDover
Postcode districtCT15
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°13′38″N 1°13′42″E / 51.2271°N 1.2283°E / 51.2271; 1.2283Coordinates: 51°13′38″N 1°13′42″E / 51.2271°N 1.2283°E / 51.2271; 1.2283


In 1800 Edward Hasted noted that the church of Nonington was antient (an old spelling of ancient), a chapel of ease to that of Wingham and was on the foundation of the college there by Archbishop Peckham in 1286. Then the church was given to the college. In 1558 Queen Mary granted it, among others, to the Archbishop of Canterbury.[2]

The parish of Nonington was once made up of the now separate parishes of Nonington and Aylesham. The parish is served by the Grade I listed 'Church of St Mary'.[3] It also has a Baptist chapel, linked to Eythorne Baptist Church.

It is home to a community of the Bruderhof who use the old Nonington College of Physical Education, previously the (Grade I listed) St. Alban's Court,[4] the home of the Hammond family from the Reformation until the late 1930s.[5]


Nonington has its own primary school; Nonington CE Primary School. The school has recently been federated with Goodnestone Primary school. Nonington has a long history and has been operating as a school since the reign of Queen Victoria. The school has a number of historical artefacts that have been retained since this period including the school log book. There is a large tree in the centre of the playground which was supposedly planted by a pupil at the school.

The school has undergone a number of renovations and has a variety of additions to the main building. There is a story relating to a ghost that is said to roam the school when the school is empty; at weekends and at night. An entry in the school logbook from 1923 recounts how footprints were found in a recently laid floor that could not be explained as the school had been confirmed to be empty at the time. The origin of this spectre is said to predate the school buildings.

Nonington was noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for its 'Majesty Oak' in Fredville Park, the largest maiden oak tree in the UK.[6][7]

The village is also on the Miner's Way Trail. The trail links up the coalfield parishes of East Kent.[8]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ Hasted, Edward (1800). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 9: 251–262. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Church of St Mary, Nonington". Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. ^ "St Albans Court, Nonington". Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  5. ^ Times, The Sunday (21 July 2019). "Spectrum: an exclusive look inside the Bruderhof communes in Kent and East Sussex". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ Philippona, Jeroen (31 July 2011). "Monumental trees in Fredville Park in Nonington". Retrieved 4 December 2013.
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  8. ^ "The History of the Coalfield Parishes". Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2013.

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