Hadlow  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hadlow like this:

HADLOW, a village and a parish in Tunbridge district, Kent. The village stands on an affluent of the Medway, 1½ mile N of the Medway navigation, and 4 NE of Tunbridge r. station; and has a post office‡ under Tunbridge, and a fair on Whit Monday. The parish comprises 5, 856 acres. ...

Real property, £16, 920. Pop., in 1851, 2, 395; in 1861, 2, 568. Houses, 502. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to R. Rodger, Esq. A church and two mills were here at Domesday. A castle also was erected, soon afterwards, by the Fitz Gilberts; and a modern edifice, in the pointed monastic style, bearing the name of Hadlow Castle, and now the seat of R. Rodger, Esq., occupies the site of the ancient castle, presents an imposing appearance, and has a tower 170 feet high, designed after the manner of Fonthill, richly decorated, and commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. There are hop grounds, brick fields, and breweries. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £789.* Patron, the Rev. J. J. Monypenny. The church was attached to the preceptory of Hospitallers in West Peckham; consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower; and contains a monument to Sir John Rivers, of the time of James I. There are a Baptist chapel, a national school, and charities £22.

Hadlow through time

Hadlow is now part of Tonbridge and Malling district. Click here for graphs and data of how Tonbridge and Malling has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Hadlow itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hadlow, in Tonbridge and Malling and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th April 2024

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