"PLUCKLEY, a parish in the hundred of Calehill, lathe of Shepway, county Kent, 6 miles E. of Ashford, its post town, 3 S.W. of Charing, and 19 S.W. of Canterbury. It is a station on the South-Eastern railway. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural. The parish comprises the old parish of Pevington, and the hamlets of Malmains, Shurland, &c. The land is partly in hop grounds. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £700, and the glebe comprises 34 acres. The living is a rectory with that of Pevington annexed, in the diocese of Canterbury, value £595, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, was built by the Pluckleys in the reign of Henry II., and has a tower containing six bells. The interior of the church contains tombs, and three brasses, of the Derings of Surrenden-Dering, bearing date from 1490. The register dates from 1566. The charities produce about £17 a-year. There is a National school for both sexes. A fair is held on Whit-Tuesday for toys and pedlery, also a fair for cattle and swine on 6th December."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]
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