Template:For Template:Infobox UK place Otford is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent. It is located north of Sevenoaks. The village is located on the River Darent, flowing north down its valley from its source on the North Downs.
The name is a contraction of Otterford, possibly derived from Offa, the King of Mercia who fought a battle at Otford against the Kentish Saxons in 776 at the Battle of Otford.Notable landmarks are the Archbishop's Palace, the duck-pond roundabout, and the scale model of the Solar System which claims to be "the largest scale model in the world".The Anglican parish church of Otford is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew. Otford Methodist Church, Otford Evangelical Free Church and the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity also serve the village;<ref name="SevList">Template:Cite web</ref> the buildings were registered for marriages in 1936,<ref name="LG-34314-5356">Template:London Gazette</ref> 1959<ref name="LG-41697-2864">Template:London Gazette</ref> and 1981<ref name="LG-48556-3896">Template:London Gazette</ref> respectively. From circa 650 to 750, during the Early Medieval period, Polhill Anglo-Saxon cemetery was used as a place of burial. Archaeologist Brian Philp suggested that the community who buried their dead at Polhill likely lived at Otford, noting that from the centre of the village, the cemetery was visible.
Otford station is located in the village and has services northbound to Central London via Bromley South and southbound to Ashford International via Maidstone East and to Sevenoaks.
Otford lies on the A225, a main road between Dartford and Sevenoaks. The presence of the site of a Roman villa, in addition to the remains of an ancient trackway, suggests that this road has a long history. The M26 motorway uses the valley here as part of its route.
The village is a key stopping-off point on the North Downs Way which runs through the village as it crosses the Darent Valley, intersecting the Darent Valley Path.
- Pilgrims' Way
Passing through Otford is the Pilgrims' Way, the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, England, to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
Sevenoaks Information provides a comprehensive What's On events diary for Otford and surrounding area.
- List of places of worship in Sevenoaks (district)
- The Otford Village Information Website. What's On Interactive Calendar, Organisations and News.
- The Otford Society: includes historical information
- Otford Parish Council and Heritage Centre
- St. Bartholomew's Church, Otford
- Otford's Scale Model of the Solar System
- Shops in Otford: including news