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Brenchley

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"BRENCHLEY, a parish in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsemonden, lathe of Aylesford, in the county of Kent, 6 miles to the E. of Tunbridge Wells, and 2½ from Maidstone Junction railway station. Staplehurst is its post town. It includes the chapelry of Paddock Wood and the hamlet of Matfield Green, which is about 1½ mile W., with several others. The river Teise passes near the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, of the yearly value of £749, in the patronage of G. C. Courthope; Esq. The rectorial tithes have been commuted at £732 7s., and the vicarial at £450, with 17s. per acre upon hops. The church, an ancient stone structure in the form of a cross, with a lofty tower, is dedicated to All Saints. There is a handsome district church lately erected at Paddock Wood, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £235, likewise in the gift of G. C. Courthope, Esq. The Wesleyans have a chapel in the village, and the Baptists one at Matfield Green, where there are several villa residences. The National schools, which are very handsome, stand at the entrance to the village, on the Wells road. The charitable endowments, which include a small bequest for education, are worth £17 per annum. The parish comprises an area of 7,780 acres, a considerable part of which is laid out in hop-grounds."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]

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"COLTS HILL, a hamlet in the parish and hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, in the county of Kent, 6 miles S.E. of Tonbridge."

"HENLYS, a hamlet in the parish and hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 6 miles N.W. of Cranbrook."

"MASKALLS-POUND, a hamlet in the parish and hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 4 miles S.E. of Tonbridge."

"MATFIELD, a hamlet in the parish and hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 4 miles S.E. of Tonbridge, and 1½ mile W. of Tonbridge Wells. There are many residences, also a Baptist chapel.

"PADDOCK-WOOD, a junction station in the weald of Kent in the parish of Brenchley and county of Kent, 6 miles E. by S. of Tonbridge. It is on the South-Eastern Railway, where the branch line to Maidstone turns off. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Canterbury, value £235."

"PETTRIDGE, a hamlet in the parish of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 6 miles S.E. of Tonbridge."

"PIERSONS-GREEN, a hamlet in the parish and hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 6 miles S.E. of Tonbridge."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]

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