"HAYES, a parish in the hundred of Ruxley, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 2 miles S.W. of Bromley, its railway station and post town, and 12 from London. It is within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court and metropolitan police. The land is partly in common. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £233. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £275, in the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church, situated about the centre of the village, is a small stone structure with a tower containing a clock and three bells. It is dedicated to St. Mary, and has recently undergone considerable repairs, at an outlay of £2,500. The interior contains some fine stained windows, and the banners carried at the funeral of the Earl of Chatham, also four brasses of priests, bearing date from 1450. The register dates from 1535. The charities produce about £8 per annum. Here is a free school for both sexes, also an infant school. Hayes Place is the principal residence. It was formerly the seat of the Scotts and of the Earl of Chatham, whose son, the famous statesman, William Pitt, was born here, and now belongs to G. Traill, Esq., M.P. for Caithness. A fair is held on Whit-Tuesday."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]