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Chiddingstone Parish

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Chiddingstone is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of South Malling.  The church is named for St. Mary with registers commencing 1565.

Chiddingstone, or Chydingstone, a village and a parish in Sevenoaks district, Kent.  The village stands in the Weald, on the river Eden, 1-1/2 mile southwest of Penshurst rail station, and 6 west-south-west of Tunbridge;  contains interesting specimens of old gabled timbered houses;  and has a post office under Edenbridge.  The parish includes also the hamlet of Little Chiddingstone.  Acres, 5,975.  Real property in 1860, £6,263.  Population in 1861, 1,200.  Houses, 230.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor belonged once to the Burghs and the Cobhams;  and has belonged, since the time of Henry VIII, to the Streatfields.  The ancient manor house was called High Street House;  and the present one is modern and castellated.  The Chiding Stone, figured by Grose, and the subject of curious tradition, is a weather worn mass of sandstone, about 18 feet high, on the edge of the path behind the village.  Wild boars anciently haunted the surrounding tract;  and are commemorated here in the names of Boar Place and Boreshill.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £650 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church has a fine perpendicular English tower, but includes some portions of decorated date;  and it contains many monuments of the Streatfields.

There is a national school.

Chiddingstone Hoath and Little Chiddingston, - two localities in Chiddingstone parish, Kent.  The former is a mile from Chiddingstone village;  and has a post office under Edenbridge.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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