Hothfield (St. Mary)
HOTHFIELD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of West Ashford, hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 16 miles (E. S. E.) from Maidstone; containing 408 inhabitants. It comprises by admeasurement 1777 acres, of which 420 are arable, 129 woodland, and the rest pasture; the surface is in general level, and the country open, and in addition to the ordinary kinds of agricultural produce, a few hops are grown. The South-Eastern railway runs through the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £17. 5.; net income, £243; patron, the Earl of Thanet: the glebe contains 27 acres. The church is an ancient edifice, containing some old and costly monuments to the Tufton family. In the parish is "Jack Cade's field," said to have been the hidingplace of that rebel in the reign of Henry VI., whence he was dragged to execution by Alexander Iden, sheriff of Kent.