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The George and Dragon pub, on the High Street.
Wrotham ( ) is a village situated on the Pilgrims' Waymarker in Kentmarker, at the foot of the North Downsmarker. It is located one mile north of Borough Greenmarker and approximately five miles east of Sevenoaksmarker. It is within the junction of the M20 and M26 motorways.

The village has a high number of pubs; there are three within a hundred yards of each other. They are The Rose & Crown, The George & Dragon and The Bull Inn..

There is a separate village called Wrotham Heathmarker about two miles to the south-east.

Close by is the Wrotham transmitting stationmarker, which was the first transmitter in the UK to broadcast on FM in 1955, and now carries the main national FM radio frequencies for most of Londonmarker.

Wrotham shows extensive signs of occupation by the Romans, and it has been claimed that the Wrotham Pinot, a disease-resistant variety of the Pinot Noir grape found in Wrotham churchyard, is descended from vines brought by the Romans.

Governance

Wrotham is in the parliamentary constituency of Tonbridge and Mallingmarker. Since the constituency's creation in 1974, its Member of Parliament has been Sir John Stanley of the Conservative Party. The village is within the local government district of Tonbridge and Mallingmarker, and comprises the local government ward of Wrotham. This ward has 1 of the 53 seats on the Tonbridge & Malling District Borough Council. As of November 2007, the seat was held by the Conservative, Martin Coffin. Tonbridge & Malling District Borough Council is responsible for running local services, such as recreation, refuse collection and council housing; while Kent County Council is responsible for education, social services and trading standards. Both councils are involved in town planning and road maintenance.

A 2008 report showed that Wrotham has experienced one of the greatest deteriorations of basic services, losing the most amenities in the previous four years.

Demography

Wrotham compared
Wrotham Tonbridge & Malling district England
Population 1,815 107,561 49,138,831
UK born 95.9% 95.4% 91.8%
White 99% 98% 91%
Asian 0.0% 0.5% 4.6%
Black 0.16% 0.14% 2.3%
Christian 75% 76% 72%
Muslim 0.2% 0.3% 3.1%
Hindu 0.0% 0.2% 1.1%
Source: 2001 UK census
As of the 2001 UK census, the Wrotham ward had a population of 1,815. The village had 759 households; of which, 42% were married couples, 29% were individuals, 9% were cohabiting couples, and 6% were lone parent families. 20% of households had someone at pensionable age living alone.

The ethnicity of the village was given as 99.2% white, 0.66% mixed race, and 0.16% Black. The place of birth of the town's residents was 95.9% United Kingdom (92.0% England), 0.4% Republic of Ireland, 0.8% other Western Europe, 0.4% Eastern Europe, 1.0% Africa, 0.8% Asia, 0.4% North America and 0.3% elsewhere.

Religion was recorded as 74.81% Christian, 0.44% Jewish, 0.22% Buddhist, 0.17% Muslim and 0.17% Sikh. 15.46% were recorded as having no religion, 0.33% had an alternative religion, and 8.42% did not state their religion.

Economy

A converted oast house, showing the transition from agricultural to residential
As of the 2001 UK census, 39.5% of the village's residents aged 16–74 were employed full-time, 12.9% employed part-time, 14.1% self-employed and 1.6% unemployed, while 1.9% were students with jobs, 3.4% students without jobs, 14.3% retired, 8.0% looking after home or family, 2.5% permanently sick or disabled and 1.9% economically inactive for other reasons. Compared to national figures, the village had a low rate of unemployment, and a high proportion of self-employed workers.

Employment by industry was 16% retail; 14% real estate; 13% manufacturing; 10% construction; 8% health and social work; 8% education; 7% transport and communications; 5% finance; 5% hotels and restaurants; 3% public administration; 3% agriculture; 1% energy and water supply; and 6% other. Compared to national figures, Wrotham had a high percentage of workers in agriculture; energy and water supply; hotels and restaurants; and construction. It had a low percentage in health and social work; and public administration.

According to Office for National Statistics estimates, the average gross income of households in Wrotham between April 2001 and March 2002 was £770 per week (£40,000 per year).

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