Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for WESTERHAM

WESTERHAM, a small town, a parish, and a hundred, in Kent. The town stands on a gentle acclivity, 4¼ miles N of Edenbridge r. station, and 5½ W of Sevenoaks; was the birthplace of the martyr Frith, Bishop Hoadley, and General Wolfe; is a pleasant place; and has a post-office‡ under Edenbridge, a hotel, a public hall and cornmarket built in 1866, a fine large later English church, an Independent chapel, a literary institution and reading room, a national school, charities £30, a weekly market on Wednesday, and a fair on 3 May. Pop., 1,651. The parish includes Crockham hamlet, is in Sevenoaks district, and comprises 5,676 acres. Real property, £11,303. Pop., 2,196. Houses, 431. The manor was given by Edward I., to Westminster abbey; passed to the Greshams and the Wardes; and, with Squerryes Court, belongs now to Colonel G. Warde. Dunsdale is the seat of J. Kitchin, Esq. Landslips occurred in greensand hills here in 1596 and 1756. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £450.* Patron, J. Board, Esq. The p. curacy of Crockham is a separate benefice.-The hundred consists of W. and Edenbridge parishes.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a small town, a parish, and a hundred"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Westerham CP/AP       Westerham Hundred       Kent AncC
Place: Westerham

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