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"PETHAM, a parish in the hundred of Bridge, lathe of St. Augustine, county Kent, 5½ miles S.W. of Canterbury, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated at the base of Chartham Down. It is bounded on the E. by Stane-Street way from Canterbury to Hythe. Petham was given by a Saxon prince, named Haldene, to Christ Church, Canterbury, in 1036, from which see it eventually came into the possession of the crown. In the neighbourhood are traces of entrenchments, supposed to have been thrown up by the Britons after being driven from their position in the woods by the Romans. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The land is partly in hop grounds. The impropriate tithes, belonging to the lay rector, have been commuted for £450, the impropriate tithes, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury, as rector of Swarling district, have been commuted for £30 7s. 6d., and the vicarial tithes for £440. The living is a vicarage annexed to that of Waltham, in the diocese of Canterbury. The church, dedicated to All Saints, has a tower containing six bells. The parochial charities produce about £93 per annum, including Tillard's £90 for the poor. There is a National school for both sexes. A court-baron is held."

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

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"GARLINGE GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Petham, hundred of Bridge, lathe of St. Augustine, county Kent, 3 miles S.W. of Canterbury."

"SWARLING, a hamlet in the parish of Petham, hundred of Bridge, lathe of St. Augustine, county Kent, 4 miles S.S.W. of Canterbury. It is situated on the Downs, and is said to be the spot where the Britons encountered Cæsar at his first coming to Britain."

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

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