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Ightham
Ightham, so corruptly called for Eightham, which name it had from the eight boroughs or hams lying within the bounds of it, viz. Eightham, Redwell, Ivyhatch, Borough green, St. Cleres, the Moat, Beaulies, and Oldborough. In the Textus Roffensis it is spelt EHTEHAM.
The Parish of Ightham for the most part is in the vale between the chalk and the sand or quarry hills, tho' it reaches above the former northward. Near the chalk hill, and for some diftance southward the same soil prevails, thence it is an unfertile deep land, and at the boundaries towards Shipborne a deep clay and heavy tillage land; from hence, and its situation, however healthy it may be, it is by no means a pleasant or a profitable one. The parish is very narrow, little more than a mile in width, but from north to south it extends near five miles, from Kingsdown, above the hills, to Shipborne, its southern boundary. At the foot of the chalk hill and north-west boundary of this parish, is the mansion of St. Clere, and not far from it Yaldham; about a mile from which is Ightham-court, and at a little distance further fouthward is the church and village, situated on the high road from Maidstone to Sevenoke and Westerham, which here crosses this parish by the hamlet of Borough-green, and the manor of Oldborough, or Oldbery, as it is now called, with the hill of that name, belonging to Richard James, esq. of this parish, in this part, and by Ivy-hatch plain, there is much rough uninclosed waste ground, the soil a dreary barren sand, consisting in this and the adjoining parish, of several hundred acres, being in general covered with heath and furze, with some scrubby wood interspersed among them. At the southern extremity of the parish, next to Shipborne, and adjoining to the grounds of Fairlawn, is the seat of the Moat, lowly situated in a deep and miry soil. A fair is kept yearly in this parish, upon the Wednesday in Whitsun week, which is vulgarly called Coxcombe fair.
The Roman military way seems to have crossed this parish from Ofham, and Camps directing its course westward through it. The names of Oldborough, now called Oldberry-hill, and Stone-street in it, are certain marks of its note in former times.
At Oldberry-hill there are the remains of a very considerable intrenchment, which is without doubt of Roman origin. It is situated on the top of the hill, and is now great part of it so overgrown with wood as to make it very difficult to trace the lines of it. It is of an oval form, and by a very accurate measurement, contains within its bounds the space of one hundred and thirty-feven acres. Just on the brow of the hill is an entrance into a cave, which has been long filled up by the sinking of the earth, so as to admit a passage but a very small way into it, but by antient tradition, it went much further in, under the hill.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1798

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1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 33
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 341
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. 801
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 170
1900Ightham Mote House and Church by J. Oldrid Scott ⇒ p. 189
1900Note on former owners of Ightham Mote House by Rev. C.E. Woodruff, M.A. ⇒ p. 195
1909English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)
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Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Lady Hope ⇒ p. 242
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 360
1933Country Houses of Kent by Arthur Oswald ⇒ p. 15

Picturesmore pictures 

Ightham Moat House - 1640

Ightham Moat House - 1640

Ightham Moat - 1896

Ightham Moat - 1896

Ightham Mote Courtyard - 1905

Ightham Mote - 1905

Ightham Village - 1905
 

Crown Point Inn - 1905

Pond - 1906

Ightham Mote, South Front - 1907

Ightham Mote, from the Bowling Green - 1907

Ightham Village - 1907

Town House - 1907

Chapel Doorway, Ightham Mote - 1907
 

Places and properties in Ightham - 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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St. Peter's Church
 
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Ightham Court
 
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The Mote
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