The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Otford
Otford in 1905
Otford in 1905
Otford parish is about nine miles in circumference, and contains about two thousand four hundred acres of land, of which about seventy are woodland. It lies for the greatest part of it in a low damp situation, which makes it far from being pleasant, and gives it a lonely and gloomy appearance, and in all probability it would have been but little known had it not been for the residence of the archbishops at it for such a length of time. In the valley much of it is meadow land, and though the rivulets and springs throughout it render it very moist and marshy, yet it is here rather fertile. Towards Sevenoke the soil becomes sandy, and on the eastern and western hills it is entirely chalk mixed with flint stones, and is in general very barren. The river Darent runs through it northward, and it is otherwise watered by two other streams which join the river here. Hence the chalk hills rise on each side towards the east and west. The high road from Dartford to Sevenoke goes through the village of Otford, which stands at the foot of the chalk hills in the valley, not far from the eastern banks of the Darent, across which another road branches off from the village towards Chevening. At the entrance of the village from Eynsford, flood till lately, an ancient seat, seemingly of the time of Queen Elizabeth, which carried with it, the appearance of its former opulence.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1797

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615Births5241260126250156
18Christenings52443
2Marriages2
5Deaths1211
4Burials121
 
Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1797The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume III by Edward Hastedp. 19
1797The Tunbridge Wells Guide by J. Sprange ⇒ p. 205
1826A Perambulation of Kent conteining the Description, Hystorie and Customes of that Shire, written in the Year 1570 by William Lambardep. 459
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 376
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.p. 63; p. 76; p. 135; p. 275; p. 338
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. 17; p. 108; p. 142; p. 435
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1909English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)
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Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Lady Hope ⇒ p. 164
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 356

Pictures 

Otford Castle - 1900

Otford Castle - 1905

Otford - 1905

Otford Village - 1911
 

Places and properties in Otford - 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
Bull Inn, Otford Street
Crown Inn, Otford Street
Dukes Head, Dunton Green
Gladstone Arms, London Road
Miners Arms, Dunton Green
Railway Station
Railway Tavern, Dunton Green
Rose & Crown
School House, Otford Street
St. Bartholomew's Church
The Vicarage, Otford Street
Woodman Inn
 
Roads and Streets
Dunton Green
London Road
Otford Street
Twitton
 
Homes and Farms
A-L
Barn Lodge
Brickfield, Dunton Green
Brickfield Cottages
Broughton Cottages, Twitton
Broughton Farm House, Twitton
Camden Villas
Castle Farm House
Chalkpit Cottage
Cherry Tree Cottage
Days Cottages, Dunton Green
Devonport Lodge
Gate House, Dunton Green
Hollands Hill Cottage
Ivyhouse Cottage
Kiln Cottages
Kings Cottages, Dunton Green
Lime Works
Lodge Gate House
London Road Cottages, London Road
Long Lodge
Longford Cottages, Dunton Green
Longford Mill House, Dunton Green
Lower Barn Cottage
 
Homes and Farms
M-Z
Mitchells Cottages
Moat House
Morants Court Cottage, Dunton Green
Mount Pleasant Cottage
New Barn Cottage
New Brickfield Cottages
Old Brickfield Cottages
Otford Castle
Otford Mill House, Otford Street
Park Farm
Reynolds Cottages, Dunton Green
Rose Bank Cottages, Dunton Green
Rose Bank House, Dunton Green
Rye House Farm, Twitton
Shab Hall Cottages
Station House, Dunton Green
Twitton Cottages, Twitton
Twitton House, Twitton
Warren House Farm
White House, London Road
Woodman Cottage

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