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Horsmonden
The Parish of Horsemonden is situated much like that of Lamberhurst, being a surface of continued hill and dale. It is bounded towards the north-east and south by different streams of the river Medway, which flow from hence, and join the main river at Yalding, besides which it is watered by two other smaller rivulets, and several lesser springs interspersed over it, all which join the larger stream on the southern side of the parish. It is full four miles in length from north to south, but its breadth is but small, in some places not more than one, and in its broadest part not more than two miles. The high road from Maidstone through Yalding to Lamberhurst and Sussex, runs through the whole length of the parish; that from Watringbury over Brandt bridge through Brenchley towards Goudhurst crosses this parish and the other road, at a small green called Horsemonden-heath, which is built round with houses, forming the only village in the parish, the rest of the houses being dispersed singly over different parts of it. The soil, near the high road, is in general a sand intermixed with the rock or sand stone, the remainder is a deep stiff clay, exceeding miry in wet weather. It is much interspersed with coppice woods of oak, especially on the west and north sides of it, where the soil abounds with iron ore; the whole is much covered with fine spreading oak trees, which here from the soil being very kindly to their nourishment grow to a large size, and become sometimes nearly equal in value to the freehold of the estates.
The church stands, with the parsonage about quarter of a mile distant from it, very near the southeast boundary of the parish. In the upper part of it near the river is a seat called Baynden, late belonging to Sir Charles Booth, of Stede-hill, deceased.
A fair is held here on St. Swithin's day, now by the alteration of the style on July 26, for cattle, pedlery and toys.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1798

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188Christenings12735198511323416
84Marriages8161041018108
9Deaths13131
12Burials212322
 
Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1797The Tunbridge Wells Guide by J. Sprange ⇒ p. 241
1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 311
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 128
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 212
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. 12; p. 107; p. 711; p. 753
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1885Cobbett's Rural Rides by William Cobbett ⇒ p. 289
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 254

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Smallbridge - 1900

Horsmonden - 1900

Swiggshole Farmhouse - 1900

Horsmonden - 1900

The Waterfall - 1906

Capel Manor - 1913

Scots Tower - 1920
 

St Margarets Church - 1920

Institute and Village Green - 1950
 

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