Aylesford is a town as well as civil parish on the River Medway in Kent, 4 miles NW of Maidstone in England. Originally a tiny riverside negotiation, the old village consists of around 60 homes, many of which were formerly shops. Two pubs, a town store as well as various other features including a beautician, estate representative, 2 restaurants, a chiropodist as well as a coffee shop are located on the high street. Aylesford's present population is about 5,000. The Parish of Aylesford covers more than 7 square miles, extending north to Rochester Airport estate and south to Barming, as well as has an overall population of over 10,000 (since 2011), with the primary negotiations at Aylesford, Eccles, Blue Bell Hill Village and (part of) Walderslade. Aylesford Newsprint was a long-established significant employer in the area and also was the biggest paper recycling manufacturing facility in Europe, making newspaper for the newspaper market. In 2015, Aylesford Paper Mill, as it was known by local homeowners, was shut down and removed of all its assets. Numerous regional families who had been used there, sometimes for numerous generations, were impacted.