Kidbrooke

KIDBROOKE, a liberty, and anciently a parish, in the union of Lewisham, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 2 miles (S. S. W.) from Woolwich; containing 597 inhabitants, and comprising 756 acres. This place occupies the northern side of Blackheath, and contains several gentlemen's houses and neat villas of modern erection. Cecilia, Countess of Hereford, in the 5th of Henry VI. gave Kidbrooke to the prior of St. Mary Overy, in Southwark, who obtained from the Bishop of Rochester a grant of impropriation. In old records, the church, which has long been demolished, is described as a rectory. A proprietary episcopal chapel was built here by Dr. Greenlaw, whose son is the present minister. Kidbrooke gives the inferior title of Baron to the Marquess of Bristol.

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

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