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Sutton-at-Hone

Sutton-at-Hone is a village south of Dartford in Kent, England. It is part of the Dartford local government district and the civil parish of Sutton-at-Hone and Hawley.

Sutton-at-Hone has a long history. A Commandery of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem was established in Sutton-at-Hone in 1199, and is now the National Trust property St. John's Jerusalem. The part of the St. John Jerusalem property open to the public (on Wednesday afternoons, April - October) includes the 13th century Knights Hospitallers' Chapel and a garden moated by the River Darent.

The Lathe of Sutton-at-Hone included a large swathe of historic Kent, including the present day boroughs of Dartford, Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley and Sevenoaks District.

The church of St. John the Baptist was in existence by 1077. It was rebuilt in the fourteenth century, and that church had to have substantial re-building work following a fire in 1615, reputedly caused by a person firing a gun at a bird that was in the church.

Riverside Fuchsias at Sutton-at-Hone is the main location for the NCCPG National Plant Collection of Fuchsias, containing 6400 varieties. The entrance is next to that of St. John's Jerusalem.

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