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Your Online Parish Clerk for Headcorn is:  VACANT.  

Headcorn is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of West Charing.  The church is named for Saint Peter and St. Paul with registers commencing 1560.

Headcorn, is a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Hollingbourn district, Kent.  The village stands on the river Beult, and on the Southeastern railway, 11 miles west by north of Ashford;  consists chiefly of one wide straggling street;  and has a post office with a savings banks and a money order office under Staplehurst, a railway station with a telegraph, a hotel, a weekly market on Wednesday, and a fair on 12 June.  The parish comprises 5,011 acres.  Real property in 1860, £6,503.  Population in 1861, 1,339.  Houses, 291.  The property is much subdivided;  and the manorial rights are divided.

Some hops are grown;  and bricks and tiles are made.  An Augustinian priory was founded at Mottenden, in 1224, by Sir Robert de Rokesby;  and was given, at the dissolution, to Lord Cromwell, - and, after his attainder, to Sir Anthony Aucher.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £294 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is decorated and later English;  consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower;  and was restored in 1855.  The churchyard has a very old oak, 40 feet in girth.

There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans and Unitarians, a national school, and charities £25.

The sub-district contains the parishes of Headcorn, Ulcombe, Broomfield, Leeds, Langley, Sutton-Valence, East Sutton and Chart-next-Sutton-Valence.  Acres, 18,849.  Population in 1861, 5,286.  Houses, 1,117.1

1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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