Ightham  Kent


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

IGHTHAM, a village and a parish in Malling district, Kent. The village stands near the railway from Otford to Maidstone, 2½ miles SW by S of Wrotham, and 4½ N E of Sevenoaks; was anciently called Eightham; was once a market town; and has now a post office under Sevenoaks, and a fair on Whit-Wednesday. ...

The parish contains also the hamlets of Moat, Ivy-Hatch, Redwell, Oldbury, and part of Borough-Green. Acres, 2, 5 40. Real property, £5, 039. Pop., 1, 152. Houses, 227. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Crevequiers, the Criols, the Inges, the Zouches, and others; and passed to the Jameses. There is a nursery ground. A Roman vicinal way passed through, and has left traces of its course in the names Oldbury and Stone street. A Roman camp, of irregular form, and enclosing about 137 acres, is on Oldbury Hill; has a single vallum; and contains, near the centre, two fine springs. A cave, mostly filled by sinking of the earth, is said to exist on the brow of the hill. A building, called the Moat, stands in a ravine of the Weald, about 2 miles S of the village; took its name from a moat around it, kept full of water by the flow of a streamlet; and forms an excellent specimen of the fortified mansion of former times. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Valne, £510. * Patron, T. Coleman, Esq. The church is ancient bnt good; includes portions from Norman to later English; consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with embattled tower; and contains a brass of about 1530, and monuments of the 17th century to the Selbys of Moat. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £15.

Ightham through time

Ightham 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 Ightham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 30th November 2023

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