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Horse's mouth
Straight from the horse's mouth...

I say "potatoes"...

Kent is full of places that don't sound anything like they're spelt, so here's your chance to tell us how to pronounce your town or village's name...

Here are as many of Kent's places as we could think of that are sometimes pronounced incorrectly, so scroll down and see if you think we're saying the name of your town or village right. If not, then let us know via the form at the foot of the page.

(Groups of letters written in CAPITALS are stressed, and those in lower case aren't. E.g. London - LONdon, or Dover - DOVer.)

Ackholt - AY-clt
Acol - AY-cl
Acrise - AY-creese, A-chris
Adisham - ADDY-shm
Albany Park - ALbany
Alkham - AWL-km, ORK-HM
Arpinge - AR-pinje AR-PINGE

Badlesmere - BADDLS-meer, BADDLES-MEER
Balcombe - BORL-cm
Bapchild - BAP-child
Barfreston - BAR-frstn, BAR-FRESTON
Barham - BAR-rm, BAR-HM
Barming - BAR-ming
Basted - BAY-sted
Bavinge - BAV-inje
Bearsted - BUR-sted or BARE-sted
Beaux Aires Farm - BOWS AIRS
Beauxfield - BOW-field
Bekesbourne - BEAKS-born
Beltinge - BEL-tinje, BEL-TINGE
Betsham - BET-s’m, BET-SHAM
Betteshanger-  BETS-hanger
Beult - BELT
Birling - BER-ling
Bloodden - BLUD’n
Bobbing - BOBing
Bodsham Green - BODs’m
Boldshaves - BOLDshaves
Borstal - BORst’l
Boughton Aluph - BORt’n Al’f (aluff)
Boughton Under Blean - BORt’n
Boughton Malherbe - BORt’n MALLerby
Boughton Monchelsea - BORt’n monCHELsee, BORt'n MONchlsee
Brabourne BRAY-burn / - BRAY-born
Brasted - BRAY-sted
Brocas - BROCK-ASS
Buesborough Cross - BEWS-bree
Burham - BU’rm
Burleigh - BUR-lee
Bybrook - BYE-brook

Kentish signpost
A signpost in Kent

Camer - KAY-merr
Capel - KAY-p’l
Capel-le-Ferne - KAY-p’l ler FERN
Challock - CHO-l’k, CHALL-OCK, CHOLL-OCK
Charing - CHA-ring (as in London’s Charing Cross)
Chartham - CHAR-t’m
Chevening - CHEE-v’ning
Cinque Ports - SINK Ports
Combe Banks - COOM BANKS
Conningbrook - CUNNINGbrook
Cooling - COO-ling
Coolinge - COO-linje, COO-LINGE
Crowhurst - CROWherst
Crundale - CRUNdle

Denge - DENj
Dent-de-lion - DANYLION
Deptford - DETf’d
Dering Farm - DEERING FARM
Dungeness - DUNj’n ESS
Dymchurch - DIMchurch

East Malling - East MORling
Eastry - EES-TREE
Edenbridge-  Eed’n-bridge
Egerden - EDJERd’n
Egerton - EDJER-t’n
Elham - EEL’m
Eltham - ELt’m
Engeham (Great and Little) - ENJh’m
Ensinge, Upper - ENzinje
Erith - EE-RITH
Evington - EEvingt’n
Ewell Minnis - YOU’LL MINNISS
Eyhorne - AY-horn
Eynsford - AYNS-f’d
Eythorne - AY-thorne

Farthingloe - FARTHING-lo
Finglesham - FINGLE-s’m
Fordwich - FOR-ditch
Frindsbury - FRINS-bree

Gadshill - GADS-HILL
Garlinge - GAR-linje
Giddinge - GID-dinje
Gillingham - JILLING-h’m
Goodnestone - GUNN-est’n, GOOD n STON
Goudhurst -  GOWD-HURST
Great Engeham - ENJh’m
Greenwich - GRENNIDGE

Hacklinge - HACK-lindje
Halling - HOR-ling
Halstead - HAL-sted
Hardres, Upper and Lower - HARDS
Harrietsham - HARRIET-shm
Hastingleigh - HASTING-lee, HASTING-lie
Hawkinge - HAWKinje
Heminge - HEMinje
Hereson - HEER-s’n
Hever - HEE-v’r
Hextable - HEX-tble
Higham - HI’m
High Halden - HIGH HORLd’n
High Halstow - HIGH HAL-stow
Hoath - HO-th (soft th as in ‘breath’)
Holywell - HOLLY-WELL, HOLY-WELL
Horsmonden - HORZm’nDEN
Hougham - HUFF’m

Ibornden - EYE-BORN-DEN
Ifield - EYE-FIELD
Ightham - EYE-t’m (‘item’)
Iwade-  EYE-WADE

Kearsney - KURZ-nee
Kits Coty - KITS COTTY

Lamorbey - LAMMER-bee
Leigh - LIE Tonbridge
Lenacre - LEN-ayker
Lenham - LEN’m
Leybourne - LAY-BORN
Leysdown - LAYSDOWN
Little Engeham - ENJh’m
Loose - LOOZE
Lower Hardres - HARDS
Lydd - LID
Lydden - LIDD’n
Lyminge - LIMMINje
Lympne - LIMM
Lynstead - LIN-STED

Maison Deux - MAYZ’n DERR or DUKES or DUE
Malling - MOR-ling
Maplescombe - MAPLE-SCOOM
Maytham - MAYt’m
Meopham - MEPP’m Gravesend
Meresborough - MEERSb’r (as in ‘Middlesborough’)
Mereworth - MERRYWORTH
Mersham - MERz’m, MERSH-AM
Molash - MOE-lash
Mowshurst - MOUSE-HURST
Mystole - MY-STOLE

Signpost
Signpost

Olantigh Park - OLLANTAY
Orlestone - AWLst’n
Ospringe - OS-PRINJE
Otham - OTT’m
Ovenden - UVVENd’n

Panthurst - PAN-terst
Penshurst - PENZ-herst
Petham - PET’m
Postling - POST-ling

Rainham - RAIN’m
Rodmersham - RODMER-SHAM
Ruckinge - RUCKinje
Ryarsh - RYE-ARSH

Sarre - SAR
Sellindge - SELLINJE
Selling - SELLING
Shipbourne - SHIB’N Sevenoaks
Skeynes - SKAYNZ
Southernden - SOUTHERNd’n
Spillshill - SPILLZ-HILL
Stour, River - STOOR or STOUGH-ER (as in ‘shower’)
Stourmouth - STOOR-MOUTH or STOUGHER-MOUTH(not ‘mth’)

Temple Ewell - TEMPLE YOU’LL
Teston - TEEs’n Maidstone
Teynham - TEN’m
Tonbridge - TUN-bridge
Tonge - TONG
Tovil - TOV’l
Trottiscliffe - TROZZ-lee
Twitham - TWIT’m
Twydall - TWIDDLE

Ulcombe - OOL-c’m (as in ‘wool’)
Upper Hardres - HARDS

Walmer - WALL-mer
Walmestone - WARM-st’n
Westerham - WESTER’m
West Malling - MOR-ling
Witchling - WITCH-LING
Wickhambreux - WICK’m-BROO
Willesborough - WILLS-brer
Womenswold - WIMMINS-wold
Woodnesborough - WINZ-brer
Wrotham - ROOT’m Gravesend

Yalding - YORL-ding

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