West Malling is a historic market town formerly known as “Town Malling,” that is only 35 miles away from central London.
St Mary’s Abbey was founded in 1090 on Swan Street and is still to this day occupied by Anglican Benedictine nuns. The true scene of a painting by artist JMW Turner was recently discovered as being that of St Mary's Abbey.
The High Street is lined on both sides with some fine Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian houses such as, Ford House and Prior House located on King Street. The town has specialist shops and several bars and restaurants on its High Street. The Swan, originally an 18th century Coaching Inn stands on Swan Street. Just outside the village is Manor Country Park and opposite is Douce’s Manor, a developed 18th century manor house.
The Beatles were once owners of Douce's Manor and in 1967, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour was filmed around West Malling. A number of airshows used to take place at West Malling Airfield until it was sold and developed into the ‘designer’ business park and housing estate in Kings Hill.