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"WESTWELL, a parish in the hundred of Calehill, and lathe of Scray, county Kent, 2½ miles S.E. of Charing, and 3 N.W. of Ashford railway station. The village is situated on the road to Folkestone, and contains the workhouse of the West Ashford union. It had formerly a market under the abbot of Christ Church, Canterbury. In the reign of Charles I. the manor passed to the Tuftons of Hothfield and Ripley Court. The parish includes the hamlets of Leneker Street and Goatley Lees. A portion of the land is in hop-grounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, value £300, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has four chancels, and a stained window has recently been inserted at the cost of Mr. Barling Sharp. It contains a triple stone seat, piscina, and some ancient monuments. The register dates from 1558. There are chapels belonging to the Wesleyans and Baptists, and National schools, built by the late Earl of Thanet."

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


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"RIPLEY COURT, an ancient seat in the parish of Westwell, hundred of Calehill, county Kent, 4 miles N.W. of Ashford. It once belonged to Sheriff Iden, who took Jack Cade prisoner at Hothfield, in 1450, and in the reign of Charles I. came to the Tuftons."

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

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