Welcome to Sittingbourne
Our area guide for Sittingbourne offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Sittingbourne literally means ‘sitting on the bourne’, as the town has a small stream running through it. Set approximately eight miles from Gillingham in the postcode of ME10, Sittingbourne has transformed from a largely industrial area to a thriving residential town. The soil is fertile and rich, so fruit including apples and cherries are still grown in the area. Milton was once a distinct suburb of Sittingbourne but it has been somewhat consumed by the town. There are ambitious plans to completely regenerate the main town centre with further top brand retailers and improved leisure facilities.
Sittingbourne town centre is home to familiar stores including Argos, Mothercare, WH Smith and Superdrug. More high street names, including New Look and Boots, can be found in The Forum Shopping Centre. The town is served by three supermarkets: Asda, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidle and Tesco, as well as a Morrisons. The Sittingbourne Retail Park is another popular shopping stop, with fast food outlets and big names like Currys, Halfords and Homebase.
If football’s you’re thing, keep up with The Brickies - Sittingbourne F.C. who play in the Ryman League Division One South. For those feeling energetic then why not join one of the many gyms or sports clubs in the town? There’s a weightlifting club, a squash club and several private gyms. For those who prefer to take it easy and be pampered, head for Hempstead House spa, which is located in the fine Hempstead House Country Hotel.
Sittingbourne Food and Drink
If you like your tipple with a touch of history, head for The Red Lion, where royalty (including the King Henrys V, VII and VIII) have been entertained during its 600-year history. The pub serves food and has a lively programme of live music events. Fine dining, with an impressive setting for drinks can be found at Hempstead House Country Hotel, where three different bars offer nice cocktails. The Lakes is the hotel’s renowned restaurant, with a capacity for 70 diners. Sittingbourne also has a quirky new Wetherspoons pub called The Golden Hope, which is in the old court house/police station and retains the cells.
Although evidence of settlements can be traced back to 2,000 BC, Sittingbourne became a place of prominence when the Romans invaded England and built Watling Street straight through the town as a quick access route between Dover and London. Watling Street later became a well-used stop by pilgrims heading to Canterbury and it even gets a mention in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Sittingbourne was at the heart of Kent’s industrial revolution and it was famed for brick making and paper mills – evidence of these industries can still be seen today. When the railway arrived in 1858 the town’s expansion accelerated. Later, Sittingbourne was a target during WWI and WWII, with the Germans using the town as a reference point when finding their bearings on the way to London raids.
Sittingbourne Property Market
Sittingbourne has a great mix of property and there is something for every taste and price range in the town and surrounding areas. Recent years have seen a vast number of modern new home developments emerge, with more still under construction. Property from all eras can be found in Sittingbourne, from Victorian dwellings and 1930s ‘ideal’ homes through to 1950s, 60s 70s, 80s and 90s built homes. Also look out for riverside homes, listed properties, barn and oasthouse conversions, and country equestrian estates – especially on the edges of Sittingbourne and in the neighbouring villages.
Sittingbourne Council Tax
Sittingbourne is in Swale Borough Council and the latest council tax charges can be found here:-
- Canterbury Road Primary School
- Grove Park Community Primary School
- Milton Court Primary School
- Minterne Community Junior School
- South Avenue Infant & Junior School
- St Peter's Catholic Primary School
- The Oaks Community Infant School
- The Westlands Primary School
- Challenger Centre
- Fulston Manor School
- Sittingbourne Community College
- The Westlands School
- Borden Grammar School (Boys)
- Highsted Grammar School (Girls)
- Sittingbourne Community College
- Sittingbourne Adult Education Centre provides some post-16 and adult training in the town and there is an Adult Skills centre located in the town centre.
Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital is the town’s closest.
Sittingbourne Transport Links
Sittingbourne enjoys a vastly improved transport infrastructure that has put the town on the map with commuters. The new high speed rail service to St Pancras stops at Sittingbourne railway station and the journey time into central London takes about an hour. Sittingbourne also enjoys a direct rail connection to London Victoria. The A2 and the M2 are the two main arterial roads that service Sittingbourne, making travel into London, Canterbury and the Kent coast relatively simple. The town is well served by buses that travel to all the major Medway towns.
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