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Bayham, Sussex

Historical Description

Bayham, a hamlet in Frant parish, Sussex, on the verge of the county, on the river Tun, 4 miles ESE of Tunbridge-Wells. A Premonstratensian abbey was removed hither in 1200 from Otteham or Otham, and largely endowed by Robert de Thurnham and Ela de Sackville; was given at the dissolution to Cardinal Wolsey; passed afterwards to the Montagues; and was purchased in 1714 by the ancestor of the Marquis Camden. The marquis has now a villa here, amid beautiful grounds, and takes from the place the title of Viscount. The ruins of the abbey, comprising the churcli and some contiguous buildings in a state of tolerable preservation, stand in the grounds, and show interesting features of Decorated Early English and some Decorated additions.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Newspapers and Periodicals

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