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Chiddingstone
Chiddingstone Village in 1900
Chiddingstone Village in 1900
The Parish of Chidingstone lies below the sand hills, and consequently in the district called the Weald. It is about six miles in length from north to south; but not more than two on an average in breadth; the river Eden crosses the centre of it towards Penshurst, where it joins the river Medway. Northward of this stream the country is very much covered with woods, among them are situated Sharp's-place,.Boar place, and nearer the foot of the hill, Boar's-hill, usually called Bowsell-gate, which names, among many others of the like import hereabouts, certainly took their origin from the wild boars, formerly in plenty in these parts. About a mile southward from the Eden is the village of Chidingstone, which from the rise on which it is situated was called High-street, in which is the seat of the elder branch of the family of Streatfield, called Highsreet house, having been their residence from the time of king James I. as it is now of Henry Streatfield, esq. The face of the country throughout this parish is much the same as those last described, within the Weald the soil is very moist, and in general a deep strong clay, the grounds having many fine large oaks interspersed over them, and in the broad hedge rows round the fields. There are many greens and small hamlets in different parts of it, as Wickhurst-green, Bow-beach, Hill-heath, Carey's-cross, Ranesley-heath, and, others. At the southern bounds of this parish the branch of the river Medway, which rises at Gravely hill, in Sussex, directs its course eastward, and divides the two counties.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1797

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2139Births616111333285331617731294
486Christenings412610624479221768
128Marriages222224204636462
85Deaths23574951418963
113Burials23525151191118824
 
Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 187
1797The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume III by Edward Hastedp. 210
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 66
1832Descriptive Sketches of Tunbridge Wells and the Calverley Estate by John Britton, F.S.A. ⇒ p. 140
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 258
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. 4; p. 12; p. 707
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1909English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)
also published as
Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Lady Hope ⇒ p. 152
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 336
2010Extracts from the Maidstone Journal (1786-1851) relating to Edenbridge, Hever, Chiddingstone, Westerham, Brasted and Hever by Lionel ColeJournal
2012An Index to the People of Chiddingstone between 1820 and 1851 by Lionel ColeBook
2013Judicial Documents concerning Chiddingstone, Hever, Edenbridge, Westerham, Brasted and Sundridge by Lionel Colepage

Picturesmore pictures 

Chiddingstone - c 1890

Chiddingstone - 1896

Chiddingstone - 1902

The Village - 1908

Chiddingstone Village - 1909

The Castle - 1910

The Olde House - c 1910
 

Hale Farm, Boughbeech - 1913

Bough Beech - 1913

Chiddingstone - 1920

Chiddingstone - c 1920

Old Houses - 1923

Castle Inn - 1925

Chiddingstone Castle - 1925
 

Places and properties in Chiddingstone - 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
Churches, Inns,
Schools, Shops
and other places of interest
Bassetts Mill, Finch Green
Blacksmiths Arms, Finch Green
Bowbeach Beer House, Bough Beech
Castle Inn, The Village
Chequers Inn, Bough Beech
Chiddingstone School, The Village
Rock Inn, Hoath
Somerden Green
St. Mary's Church, The Village
Station Inn, Causeway
Woodman Inn, Causeway
 
Roads and Streets
Bough Beech
Causeway
Coopers Corner
Finch Green
Hill Hoath
Hoath
Hoath Corner
Oakenden Lane
The Village
 
Homes and Farms
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Balls Farm, Hoath
Bank Farm, Bough Beech
Barley Farm, Causeway
Bassetts, Causeway
Battle Oak, Hoath
Blue Boar, Causeway
Boar Place, Causeway
Bradley Lane, Finch Green
Brook Cottage, Bough Beech
Brookers Farm, Hoath
Brownings, Causeway
Camphill Farm, Causeway
Coles Farm, Causeway
Corner House, Hoath
Forge House, The Village
Frienden Farm, Finch Green
Funks Farm, Causeway
Gillridge, Hoath
Gillwins [als Gillwyns] Gate
Gravel Pits, Bough Beech
Hale Farm, Causeway
Higgins, Causeway
High Fields, Hill Hoath
High House, Coopers Corner
Hilders, Coopers Corner
Hobbs Hill Farm, Finch Green
Ivy House, Bough Beech
Kiln House Farm, Causeway
Lew Cross [als Lew Croft] Farm, Hoath
Little Hilders, Coopers Corner
Lockskinners Farm
 
Homes and Farms
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Mill Cottage, The Village
Mill House, The Village
Mission House, Bough Beech
Mountjoy, Causeway
Newtye
Oakenden, Oakenden Lane
Penshurst Station, Causeway
Pilbeams [als Pelbeam, Pilbeans], Finch Green
Polebrooks, Causeway
Rectory
Round House, Hoath
Sharps Place, Causeway
Sidcups, Causeway
Skipseed, Hoath
Slaters Hill, Bough Beech
Sliders Bridge, Hoath
Somerden
Stone Lake, Causeway
Stonewall, Hoath
The Mansion, The Village
Tower Hill
Triggers Farm, Hoath
Truggers Cottages, Hoath
Tye Hall, The Village
Tyhurst Cottage, The Village
Walnut Tree Cross, Hoath
Waterlakes, Bough Beech
Watstock, Hoath
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