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West Peckham
West, alias Little Peckham, is called in Domesday, PECHEHAM, and in the Textus Roffensis, PECHAM. It has the appellation of West Peckham, from its situation wesrward of Great, or East Peckham, and of Little, from its smallness in regard to that parish. They both probably had their name from their situation, peat signifying in Saxon, the peke, or summit of a hill, and ham, a village, or dwelling-place.
The Quarry Stone Hills bound the northern side of this parish, consequently the whole of it is within the district of the Weald. The soil is in general a stiff clay, and in the lower or southern part of it where it is mostly pasture, it is very rich grazing land. The northern part adjoining to the hill is covered with those woods, commonly called the Herst woods, from which there are several fine springs of water, which extend over the eastern parts of this parish, where, near the boundary of it, next to Mereworth, is the village, with the church, The northern side of this parish is watered by the stream which flows hither from Plaxtool, and from hence into the Medway at Brandt-bridge, a little above Yaldham, having turned two corn-mills in its course within this parish. The seat of Hamptons, now almost in ruins, stands near the east side of this stream, in a wild gloomy situation, and at a small distance, that of Oxenhoath, an ancient brick building, situated on a rise of ground, having a most extensive prospect over the Weald, and again to the hills north-eastward, the ground about it is finely wooded, and is the greatest part of it exceeding rich pasture.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1798

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1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 237
1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 56
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 184
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
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.Domesday p. 147; p. 226; peculiar of Canterbury p. 440
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. 14; p. 50; p. 130; p. 718; p. 801
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry

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Cover Hill - 1962

West Peckham - 1962
 

Places and properties in West Peckham - 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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