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Ightham

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"IGHTHAM, a parish in the hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 21 miles S.W. of Wrotham, its post town, and 10 W. of Maidstone. It was anciently named Eightham, from the circumstance of its having contained eight "hams," or villages. At Oldbury Hill was anciently a Roman station, the entrenchments of which, occupying 137 acres, are still traceable. In the enclosure are two fine springs. The parish contains the hamlet of Borough Green. The land is chiefly arable and hop grounds. The village, which is considerable, was formerly a market town. It was held successively by the Crevequiers, Criols, Inges, and Zouches, from whom latterly it came into the hands of its present owner, D. James, Esq., of Ightham Court Lodge. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £650. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £510. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient structure with square embattled tower containing five bells. It contains monuments to the Selby family, and several pieces of needlework executed by Dame Selby, also effigies of Sir T. Cawne, and brasses to Sir R. Clement, bearing date 1528. The parochial charities produce £15 per annum. The Wesleyans have a place of worship, and there is a National school with a small endowment. There is an extensive nursery, which gives employment to a large number of persons. A fair is held in Whitsun week."

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

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"BOROUGH GREEN, a hamlet partly in the parish of Ightham and partly in that of Wrotham, hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford, in the county of Kent, 5 miles to the N.E. of Sevenoaks."

"IVY HATCH, a hamlet in the parish of Ightham, hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 1½ mile S. of Ightham, and 3 miles E. of Sevenoaks."

"MOAT, a hamlet in the parish of Ightham, hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 3 miles E. of Sevenoaks."

"OLDBURY, a hamlet in the parish of Ightham, hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, half a mile W. of Ightham, and 4 miles N.E. of Sevenoaks. In the neighbourhood are remains of an ancient camp of 137 acres in extent."

"REDWELL, a hamlet in the parish of Ightham, hundred of Wrotham, rape of Aylesford, county Kent, 4 miles N.E. of Sevenoaks."

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

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