The village is home to one of the country's oldest primary schools, founded in 1678 by an endowment by Mary Gibbon. The Parish Church dates back to the 11th century and houses six bells, one of which is the sixth oldest bell in Kent.
The derivation of the name Hartlip is a matter of dispute. One version is that it derives from the Old English hliep, which means a gate or fence and heorot meaning a hart or stag. Together this is taken to mean a "gate over which harts leap". However, why a village should be named after a gate that deer chose to jump over is not clear.
Hartlip Parish Council
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Your Borough Councillors
Hartlip is represented on Swale Borough Council by Swale Independents Alliance councillor Richard Palmer and Conservative councillor Alan Horton.
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