"FRITTENDEN, a parish in the hundred of Scray, county Kent, 3 miles S.E. of Staplehurst, its post town and nearest railway station on the South-Eastern line, and 4 N.E. of Cranbrook. This parish lies very high, and commands extensive views. The river Beult has its source near here. Hops are grown in this neighbourhood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £287. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a modern edifice in the Gothic style of architecture, erected on the site of the old one. The charitable endowments, amounting to upwards of £80 per annum, are the produce of land and other property left by Mr. Thomas Iddenden for the benefit of the poor. There is a National school. Frittenden House is the principal residence."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]