"HADLOW, a parish in the hundred of Tonbridge, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 10 miles S.W. of Maidstone, and 4 N.E. of Tonbridge, its post town and railway station. It is situated near the river Medway, and is intersected by the rivulet called the Sheet. The land is chiefly in hops and meadow. In dry seasons the meadows can be irrigated by a flowing bolt called the Hurlake. There are breweries and brickfields. Hadlow Castle, the seat of Robert Roger, Esq., is a fine building with a tower of great height. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, value £789. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a neat structure, with tower containing eight bells. The register dates from 1569. The parochial charities produce £22 per annum. There is a National school and a Baptist chapel. A fair is held on Whit-Monday."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]