Detling comes from the Old English ‘ingas’ meaning the ‘people of, people called
after’ combined with a personal name; therefore, the ‘people of Dyttel’.
Detling parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Martin of
Tours. The Normans built the nave and chancel in the 12th century -as a Chapel-of-Ease
to Maidstone church - with additions and extensions in the 13th and 15th centuries.
In 1538, the church acquired a 14th century, wooden, four sided, reading lectern,
with a swivel base, from Boxley Abbey. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Detling
church as a ‘small building, with a low pointed steeple, and is situated at the south
west end of the village’. In 1861, the Victorian architect R C Hussey carried out
At the top of Detling Hill, the Royal Navy established an Air Station during WWI,
and a satellite airfield in WWII. After the war, both the Army and RAF used the facility.
Kent County Council subsequently developed the area as a county showground.