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Nettlestead
Nettlested, called in Domesday, Nedested.
This parish lies on the western bank of the Medway, which is its eastern boundary, whence the ground rises up to the grounds of Roydon-hall, at the opposite side of it. It is within the district of the Weald. The situation is low, and rather of a gloomy aspect, from the number of spreading and lofty oaks, and elm trees interspersed throughout it; the soil a fertile clay, consisting much of it of rich grazing land like that already described in the adjoining parish of East Peckham, though it is equally fertile for the growth of corn and hops in the upper parts of it. The high road from Maidstone through Watringbury to Tunbridge, branches off from Watringbury, and leads through this parish, not far from the bank of the river; in the northern part of it is the church, and at some distance from it the remains of the ancient Place house, by which it appears to have been built of stone, with handsome fized gothic windows; on a stone portal, in the west front is the date 1587, probably that of some large repair or addition made to it, as the other parts of the building carry with them marks of much greater antiquity. The grand entrance to the house from the river is yet standing. The form of the antient gardens with the ponds are yet remaining.
The mansion appears to have been spacious and noble, equal to the respectable families who once resided in it, though now it is for the most part over-run with weeds and spontaneous shrubs, and bears with it every mark of that vicissitude and ruin which is the inevitable lot of the transitous labours of man, however his utmost endeavours may have been exerted to prevent it. It is now made use of as an oast to dry hops, and for a labourer to dwell in, the occupier of the manor farm living in a modern house between it and the church, hence the road leads through the village built at Nettlested-green, whence it divides, that to the left leading towards the river at Twyford-bridge, and the other strait forward through, Hailstreet to it at Brandt-bridge, both leading towards the southern parts of the Weald and Sussex. The groves of young oaks, elms, and other trees, planted along the borders of the river Medway, contribute greatly to the beauty of the scenery, which is considerably heightened by the rich gardens of hops, and the different dwellings and cottages intervening at frequent spaces between them
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. 118
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 169
1871A History of The Weald of Kent with an outline of the Early History of the County, Volume I. by Robert Furley, F.S.A.fishery p. 163; Domesday p. 226
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry

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Nettlested - 1799
 

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