The Parish of Ringwould and Kingsdown covers 638 hectares, the census of 2011 reported a total population of 2,030 and 58% of this population was made up of residents of working age (16-64 years). In 2021 the total population has dropped to 1,960.
Both villages have unique and beautiful characteristics and an interesting and varied history. Excavation evidence supports settlement around Ringwould in early Saxon times and the oldest coin in Kent, dated 300BC, was found in Ringwould in the 1980s. Today Ringwould has many charming and old, often listed, cottages and houses. There are magnificent views down to Kingsdown and to the sea, woodland, quiet lanes and footpaths to explore and a splendid Grade 1 listed 12th century church of St Nicholas.
Kingsdown was a small hamlet until Victorian times when cottages were built near the shore to house the thriving local fishing community; the area of North and South Roads is in the conservation area. In the mid-19th century William Curling, a Kingsdown resident and wealthy ship owner, built and endowed St John’s Church and a village school, now the Village Hall. Kingsdown development has continued, especially post second world war but it still retains much charm and older cottages and houses. Scenic coastal and countryside walks are easily accessible and the beach draws many because of its beauty, interesting flora and peacefulness.
The Parish is blessed with many gems – a church dating from the Norman times, period buildings and lovely cottages, ancient woodlands, breathtaking coast line, picturesque surrounding countryside and is supported by a friendly and caring local community.