In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chislehurst like this:
CHISELHURST, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Bromley district, Kent. The village stands on a fine common, elevated about 300 feet above sea-level, near a station of its own name on the Direct Tunbridge railway, 3 miles E of Bromley; and has a post office under London SE., and a fair on Whit-Wednesday. ...
The parish comprises 2, 738 acres. Real property, £10, 973. Pop., 2, 287. Houses, 424. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged to the Walsinghams; and passed to the Betensons and the Lords Sydney. Camden Place was the residence of Camden the antiquary, and is now a seat of Marquis Camden. The living is a rectory in the dio. of Canterbury. Value, £487.* Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church is early and later English; was well restored in 1849; has a spire, rebuilt in 1858; and contains interesting monuments. The vicarage of Sidcup is a separate benefice. There are a church-school, Wesleyan and Roman Catholic chapels, national schools, a R. Catholic orphanage, and charities £79. Sir Fraucis Walsingham and Sir Nicholas Bacon were natives. -The sub-district contains eight parishes. Acres, 16, 809. Pop., 8, 613. Houses, 1, 594.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chislehurst, in Bromley and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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