"BIRLING, a parish in the hundred of Larkfield, lathe of Aylesford, in the county of Kent, 6 miles to the N.W. of Maidstone, its post town. Part of the parish is in hop grounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, of the value of £158, in the patronage of the Earl of Abergavenny. The church, dedicated to All Saints, contains a monumental brass. It was the burial-place of the Neville family, who once held the manor of Birling, and from whom it passed to the Says, and its present owner, the Earl of Abergavenny. The Nevilles had two seats here, Birling Place and Comfort; the latter of which is now a farm-house, while of the former nothing remains but a gateway."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]