Lydden (St. Mary)

LYDDEN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Dovor, hundred of Bewsborough, lathe of St. Augustine, E. division of the county of Kent, 5 miles (N. W.) from Dovor; containing 248 inhabitants. It is situated on the road between Canterbury and Dovor; and comprises 1396a. 1r. 4p., of which 582 acres are arable, 308 meadow and pasture, 188 grass, and 273 wood. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £6. 6.; net income, £104; patron and appropriator, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is principally in the early English style. There are some traces of a monastery in a farmhouse called Swenton, in the parish.

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

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