"HEADCORN, a parish and market town in the hundred of Eyhorne, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 8 miles from Cranbrook, 9 S.E. of Maidstone, and 11 from Ashford. It is a station on the main line of the South-Eastern railway. Staplehurst is its post town. It is situated on a branch of the river Medway, and contains the site of Mottenden Priory, founded in 1224 by Sir Robert de Rokesby. It flourished till the Dissolution, when its revenue was £60 13s. The site was then granted to Thomas Lord Cromwell, and after his attainder to Sir Anthony Aucher. The village of Headcorn, which is irregularly built, has the privilege of a market. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, value £294, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul, is an ancient structure, with a tower containing eight bells. The church was thoroughly restored in 1845. The register dates from 1650. The churchyard contains an ancient oak measuring 40 feet in circumference. The parochial charities produce about £32 per annum. There is a National school, also places of worship for the Wesleyans and Unitarians. Wednesday is market day."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]