"POSTLING, a parish in the hundred of Hayne, lathe of Shepway, county Kent, 4 miles N.W. of Hythe, its post town, and 2 N.W. of Westenhanger railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is situated at the foot of the chalk hills, near the South-Eastern railway, and is wholly agricultural. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, value £246, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to SS. Mary and Rhadegund, is an ancient edifice with a spired tower containing three bells. It is situated in a low and swampy spot, and has recently undergone extensive repairs. The living was once held by the father of Basil Kennet, author of "Roman Antiquities," who was born here in 1674. The East Kent hounds meet at Postling Lees. William Deedes, Esq., of Saltwood, is lord of the manor and principal landowner."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]