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Frant
Frant is a village and parish situated on the brow of a hill 2 1/2 miles south of Tunbridge Wells. Frant is in the Rye division of Sussex, in the hundred of Rotherfield, rape of Pevensey, rural deanery of Etchingham, archdeaconry of Hastings and diocese of Chichester. Frant is 36 miles south of London
The population of Frant in 1811 was 1,439; in 1851 was 2,280 (of which 483 are in Tunbridge Wells); in 1861 was 2,469; in 1871 was 3,263 (of whom 314 were in Kent and 1,100 were in Tunbridge Wells); in 1881 was 3,481 (of whom 314 were in Kent and 1,100 were in Tunbridge Wells); in 1891 was 1,887; in 1901 was 1,692; in 1911 was 1,671; in 1921 was 1,621; and in 1931 was 1,604 - the drop in population is primarily due to the transfer of Broadwater Down parish (formed on 28th June 1867) to Tunbridge Wells in 1894.
Frant is shown on early historical documents as Farat - 'the place of the fern'.
Frant historical notes has been derived from the same sources to highlight Frant's key events in chronological order

Parish & other records Before
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1700
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1725
1725
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2000

6726Births24724114464711002738001978240158916
2320Christenings2442281396367831552765485251891
1202Marriages42611236442674122124286262842
257Deaths177339152765802542
345Burials215733143942729734854
 
Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 256
1810Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Paul Amsinck and Letitia Byrnep. 30
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 77
1832Descriptive Sketches of Tunbridge Wells and the Calverley Estate by John Britton, F.S.A. ⇒ p. 110
1835The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex by Thomas Walker Horsfield, F.S.A.p. 400
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 161
1849Historical and Architectural Notices of the Iron Works of the County of Sussex by Mark Antony Lowerp. 210
1851The Post Office Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1857The Premonstratensian Abbey of Bayham - Its Origin and History by Rev. George Miles Cooper ⇒ p. 145
1867The Post Office Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1870A Compendious History of Sussex - Volume I. by Mark Antony Lower, M.A.p. 190
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.deer park p. 387
1874The Post Office Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1882Kelly's Directory of Sussex by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 138
1885Cobbett's Rural Rides by William Cobbett ⇒ p. 285
1886Local Blue Book and Directory of East Sussex ⇒ p. 141
1909English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)
also published as
Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Lady Hope ⇒ p. 63
1912Historical Associations of Frant by Luke Pearce ⇒ Book p. i
1927The Sussex Highlands ⇒ p. 39
1947Frant - A Parish History by Henry S. Eeles ⇒ Book p. Cover

People of note
Budgen, Richard
(1695 - 1731)
Cartographer
By, Lieutenant-Colonel John
(1779 - 1836)
Military engineer and builder of the Rideau Canal
      

Picturesmore pictures 

North View of Begeham Abbey - 27th Mar 1737

South Side of Bayham Abbey Ruins - 1773

The Nave of Bayham Abbey - 1773

View of the Ruins of Bayham Abbey taken on the West Side of the Frant Road - 1773

Chapel in the South Aisle of Bayham Abbey - 1773

East End of Bayham Abbey - 1783

South Transept of Bayham Abbey - 1783
 

View of the Cloisters at Bayham Abbey - 1783

The seat of Wm Pratt Esqr at Bayham Abby, Sussex, 1783 - 1783

South east view, Eridge House - 1785

Bayham Abbey, the seat of John Pratt - 1797

Bayham Abbey - 1809

Shernfold Park - c 1830

Saxonbury Lodge - c 1830
 

Frant Maps

c 1724

c 1795

c 1825

c 1875
 

Sussex Maps

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Places and properties in Frant - 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
Abergavenny Arms, Frant Green
Bakers Shop, Frant Street
Brecknock Arms, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Frant National School, Church Lane
George Inn, Frant Street
Hawkenbury School Room
Honeysuckle Place, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Old Workhouse, Wadhurst Road
Sleeches Cross, Mayfield Road
St. Alban's Church
Tailors Shop
Toy Shop, Frant Street
Turks Head, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
 
Roads and Streets
Bayham
Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Bells Yew Green Road
Church Lane
Cornhill
Down Lane
Frant Green, Frant Green
Frant Green
Frant Street
Mayfield Road
Platt Road
Tangiers Road
Tunbridge Wells Road, Tunbridge Wells Road
Wadhurst Road
 
Homes and Farms
A-L
Anns Place, Frant Street
Barelands [als Bearlands], Cornhill
Bartley
Bate House, Bells Yew Green Road
Bayham Cottages, Bayham
Bayham Forge, Bayham
Bayham Old Abbey House [als Dower House], Bayham
Beals Cottages, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Bells Yew Green Lane, Bells Yew Green Road
Bells Yew Green Post Office, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Bick Kiln Cottage
Bohemia
Bramble Cross Cottages, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Brewery [als The Royal Oak], Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Browgate Cottage, Mayfield Road
Browns [als Brownswood] Lodge
Carpenters House, Bayham
Chase Farm
Chatfields Platt, Frant Green
Church Cottages, Frant Street
Corner House
Court Lodge, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Crundells House, Tangiers Road
Dale Cottage, Tangiers Road
Delvidere, Mayfield Road
Dimonds [als Diamonds] Cottage, Bayham
Dissenters Cottage
East Lodge, Frant Green
Ely Grange, Bells Yew Green Road
Eridge [als Swiss, Gothic] Cottage, Frant Green
Fernet
Fitness [als Fitings] Farm, Tangiers Road
Frant Court [als Park House], Frant Green
Frant Post Office
Frant Station, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Fullager House
Glan-y-Fforad [als Glanyford], Frant Green
Glebe Farm
Golden Castle, Tunbridge Wells Road
Gothic Cottage
Green Villa
Greenhill Cottage, Church Lane
Greenwood Cottage, Frant Green
Greenwood Lodge, Frant Green
Henley House, Wadhurst Road
Higham, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Highfield, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Hill House, Frant Green
Ivy Lodge, Tangiers Road
Jones Cottages, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Kennels
Knole
Lay Green, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Leafwood Farm, Bells Yew Green Road
Lightlands
Lime House [als Clerks, The Chequers]
Little Bayham [als Bayham Farm], Bayham
Little Faulkners, Frant Street
Little Shoesmiths
Lodge Barn, Mayfield Road
 
Homes and Farms
M-Z
Manor Farm, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Martins Farm
Memorial Houses, Frant Street
Myrtle Villas, Mayfield Road
New House Farm, Cornhill
Nobles Farm, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Oak Cottage, Frant Street
Park House, Frant Green
Park View, Frant Green
Parkhill, Frant Green
Pear Tree Cottage, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Pitt House
Pocock Farm, Mayfield Road
Pocockgate Farm
Pound Rough
Priory, Frant Street
Priory Church Cottage, Frant Street
Prospect Cottage, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Rectory, Frant Street
Rock Cottages, Mayfield Road
Rock Farm, Mayfield Road
Rose Cottage, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Rose Cottage, Frant Street
Rowden Farm, Mayfield Road
Rushly [als Rushleigh] Farm, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Sanddown Cottage, Bells Yew [als Oak] Green
Saxonbury [als Porters] Lodge, Frant Green
Shernfold
Shernfold Meadow Cottage, Mayfield Road
Slaughter House Cottage, Bells Yew Green Road
Slow Hall, Frant Street
Snaghall, Frant Green
Stonehouse, Frant Green
Sunningly Farm
Tangier Farm, Tangiers Road
The Cottage, Church Lane
The Square, Frant Street
Tinkers Gate, Bayham
Walnut Tree Cottage, Frant Green
Walnut Tree House, Frant Green
White House, Frant Green
Windridge Lodge, Bayham
Woodside, Mayfield Road
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