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Brenchley
Brenchley, written in old deeds BRANCHESLE, and in the Textus Roffensis, BTAENCESLE
This parish is of large extent, being upwards of four miles from north to south, and about three in width. It consists of hill and dale, the soil is various, on the hill on which the village stands, it is a sand, intermixed with much oldie rock or sand stone, which soil continues mostly over the northern part of it, and towards Horsemonden green, the rest of it is a stiff miry clay in winter, excepting the high road, hardly passable, and in summer has a cakey surface as hard as iron.
This parish is very woody, especially on the skirts of it, the whole of it has a dreary gloomy aspect, as well from that as from the quantities of large spreading oaks throughout it. The houses, which are mostly old-fashioned timbered buildings, are situated in general round the different small greens or fostals ; the bye roads here are broad, and covered on each side with green swerd and in wet weather, as well as the country round them very deep and miry; the farms are but small, and of moderate rents, and there are several plantations of hop-ground belonging to them.
The village, or town of Brenchley, as it is frequently stiled in antient writings, is situated pleasant enough on a hill, the turnpike road leading through it towards Horsemonden, Goudhurst, and the southern parts of the Weald. The houses in it are mostly large well-timbered buildings, and of antient date; at the south end of it is the church and parsonage; at a small distance eastward is a seat called Broadoak, which was in Queen Elizabeth's reign purchased of several persons, by George Paine, citizen of London, whose heirs in 1698 alienated it to Mr. John Hooker, of West-Peckham
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1798

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1680Births255238294255912954584751173
500Christenings265335294057637965467
164Marriages818168168122230206
50Deaths4964413262
50Burials496441346
 
Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 252
1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 280
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 51
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 155
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 210
1874A History of The Weald of Kent with an outline of the History of the County to the present time, Volume II by Robert Furley, F.S.A.p. 233; p. 434; p. 705; p. 838
1880Brenchley, Its Church and Ancient Houses by J.F. Wadmore, A.R.I.B.A. ⇒ p. 127
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 324

People of note
Sassoon, Siegfried
(1886 - 1967)
Novelist and poet
       

Pictures 

The Residence of George Roberts - 1550

The Old Workhouse - c 1900

Wat Tylers House - 1904

Wat Tyler House - c 1905

The Village - c 1905

Brenchley Church - c 1925

All Saints Church - c 1935
 

Brenchley Church - 1936
 

Places and properties in Brenchley - a directory of homes, farms, churches, schools, inns, and other places of interest that existed prior to 1900 has been compiled from Post Office directories, Kelly's directories, Trade directories, Census data, Ordnance survey maps and books of the period
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