About Cuxton

Cuxton lies on the western slopes of the Medway valley some two miles from the historic town of Rochester. The North Downs Way between Dover, Canterbury and Winchester runs to the north of the village and is extensively use by walkers.

The main London Victoria to Dover railway runs to the north of the village with the Medway Valley line between Strood and Maidstone to the south with a station at Cuxton.

There are approximately 1105 properties in the village with a population of some 2080 residents.

The area has a significant history, as there is evidence that the Romans settled in the area with remains being found in the vicinity of the Churchyard. There was certainly a church in Cuxton in the 9th century for it is recorded that Ethelwulf, king of the West Saxons from 839 to 855AD, gave it together with the parish, to the cathedral Church at Rochester.

The name Cuxton seems to have its origins in the Saxon period when a man named Cucola had a stone named after him. The name has come down through the centuries from Cucola’s Stone through such variations as Cuclestone and Cookstone to the present day Cuxton. A stone marking the historic Cucula’s Stone is located adjacent to the scout hut in Bush Road.

The hamlet of Upper Bush, Cuxton is a conservation area due to its historic buildings, the oldest of which, Barrow Hill House dates from about 1390.

Other buildings of note include St Michael and All Angels church, Whornes Place, built in the late 15th century and the White Hart public house, which dates from 1390.

Extensive areas of woodland and agricultural land that is rich in wildlife and some rare flora and fauna surround the village. Numerous footpaths criss-cross the area with the North Downs Way long distance footpath, which cuts through the village being extensively used by both local walkers and those from further afield. A new Country Park has recently been opened at Ranscombe Farm and details can be found at heading Ranscombe Farm Country Park. So whatever your interest the surrounding fields and woodlands and the many accessible footpaths should provide you with many pleasures.

The village has a vibrant community life that should be able to meet all your social needs. The schools are a vital part of the community and provide excellent education for primary and infant education and are also used for various evening activities. The social club provides other needs and has an active horticultural section that stages a number of flower shows throughout the year. The Cuxton Sports and Recreation Association manages that facilities at the recreation ground which caters for various sports. The village is well blessed with playgroups, scouts, cubs, guides and brownies, football club and youth club, for the younger children and 50 + group for the not so young.

With the local facilities provided by the shops (including post office), doctors’ surgery, library, garage and the White Hart public house villagers have little need to leave the village. However the village is provided with a local bus service which gives access to Strood, Rochester, Chatham and beyond and the train from Cuxton will take you to London in 90 minutes.

The local churches of St Michael and All Angels and the Cuxton Community Church provide religious support and pastoral care in addition to bell ringing and an on-line centre.

The river Medway runs along the southern boundary and is the home of the Kent Boat and Ski Club and Port Medway Marina with the Rochester Queen floating restaurant as well as some light industrial units.

Cuxton is easily accessible from the M2 and M20 via the A228, which runs through the village.