"MERSHAM, a parish in the hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway, county Kent, 4 miles S.E. of Ashford, its post town, and 1½ mile from the Smeeth railway station on the South-Eastern line. The village, which is small and wholly agricultural, is situated on the river Stour. The land is partly in hop-grounds, but the greater part arable and pasture, in nearly equal proportions. The South-Eastern railway passes through the western portion of the parish. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £630 108.6d. The living is a rect in the diocese of Canterbury, value £556, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a neat structure, with a tower at the S. side. It contains several monuments of the Hatch family. The parochial charities produce about £71 per annum, of which £10 go to the support of Dame Knatchbull's schools. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. The principal residence, called Hatch or Le-Hatch, has been in the possession of the Knatchbull family from the reign of Henry VIII. A fair for pedlery, &c., is held on the Friday in Whitsun-week."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]