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"STAPLE, a parish in the hundred of Downhamford, lathe of St. Augustine, county Kent, 2 miles S.E. of Wingham, its post town, and 4 W. of Sandwich. The parish is small. The land is principally in hop-grounds and market gardens. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of Adisham, in the diocese of Canterbury. The church, dedicated to St. James, has a square tower and four bells. The interior contains a font of great antiquity, also tombs of the Lynches, of Grove House. It was restored and re-seated in 1847. The Baptists have a chapel. A pleasure fair is held on the 25th July."

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

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