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"HORSMONDEN, a parish in the hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 5 miles S.W. of the Paddock Wood railway station, 3 N.E. of Lamberhurst, and 10 from Tunbridge Wells. It is situated near the river Rother and the Teise millstream, and contains the hamlets of Ram's Hill, Caple Cross, and Sherenden. It was formerly a seat of the Bathursts. The soil is extremely fertile, producing hops, fruit, &c. There are some brick-kilns. A pyramid to Sir Walter Scott, the interior containing many of his works, was erected here in 1856 by the rector of the parish. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £971. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £596. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, has a tower containing six bells. The church has some stained windows, and monuments to the Austen family; also two brasses, one of which is of a priest, bearing date 1331. The register dates from Elizabeth's reign. The charities produce about £184, of which £53 goes to Sir C. Booth's school. The Primitive Methodists have a place of worship. A cattle fair is held on the 26th July."

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

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"CAPLE CROSS, a hamlet in the parish of Horsmonden, hundred of Brenchley and Horsemonden, lathe of Aylesford, in the county of Kent, 8 miles to the S.E. of Tonbridge."

"RAMS HILL, a hamlet in the parish of Horsmonden, hundred of Brenchley, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 8 miles S.E. of Tonbridge."

"SHERENDEN, a hamlet in the parish of Horsmonden, hundred of Brenchley, and lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 8 miles S.E. of Tonbridge."

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

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