"BRASTED, a parish in the hundred of Codsheath, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, in the county of Kent, 2½ miles E. of Westerham, and 4½ W. of Seven Oaks, its post town. It is situated on the borders of Surrey, on the edge of the Weald of Kent, and is watered by the river Darent. Part of the land is laid out in hop-grounds. From its elevated situation this place commands fine prospects over the rich surrounding country. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, of the value of £673, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, which contains some monuments of the Heath amity, is dedicated to St. Martin. The parish has the benefit of, charitable endowments, which produce about £35 per annum, and there is a National school and several paper-mills. The principal seat is Brasted Place, once the residence of the Lords Willoughby de Broke. Brasted Common is 1 mile S. of the village. A fair is held on Holy Thursday for horses and cattle."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]