Godmersham (St. Lawrence)

GODMERSHAM (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of East Ashford, hundred of Felborough, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 6¼ miles (N. E. by N.) from Ashford; containing 450 inhabitants. The parish comprises 3078a. 28p., of which 953 acres are arable, 927 pasture, 937 woodland, and about 230 down; the soil is chiefly chalk, alternated with loam and gravel. The surface is hilly, and the lower grounds are watered by the river Stour; the well-wooded grounds of Godmersham Park form an interesting feature in the landscape. The living is a vicarage, with that of Challock annexed, valued in the king's books at £9. 3. 9.; patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury; appropriators, the Dean and Chapter: the great tithes have been commuted for £330, and the vicarial for £195. The church, which contains eight stalls, was appropriated to the monks of Canterbury, and had a chantry. The prior resided in a house near it, which still retains somewhat of its ancient appearance; he had liberty of free warren, and obtained the privilege of a weekly market, which has been long disused.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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