Chislehurst, Kent

CHISLEHURST is an extensive parish 3 miles east from Bromley, 11 south-east from London, and 8 north from Dartford, in the lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, Hundred of Ruxley, and County court district of Bromley, situated on the high road from Bromley to Crays. The historian and antiquary, Camden, chose this place for his retirement, and here he compiled his Annals of Queen Elizabeth. In the park, attached to Camden house, may be seen that celebrated piece of architecture which is commonly styled the Lauthorn of Demosthenes, or choragic monument of Lysicrates. There are several other elegant seats in this neighbourhood, including those of Frognall, Lord Viscount Sydney's.

'St. Nicholas' Parish Church, Chislehurst' from an old postcard.

St. Nicholas' Parish Church, Chislehurst.

The church is a fine structure, with spire and 6 bells, in the centre of the village, dedicated to St. Nicholas, with a monument to Sir Phillip Warwick. The living is a rectory in the gift of the See of Canterbury. The incumbent is Rev. Henry Fras. Murray, M.A. Here are chapels for the Baptists and Wesleyans, and there are National and Infant schools. A pleasure fair is held here on the Wednesday and Thursday after Whit Sunday. The parish, containing 4,050 acres, and a population, in 1841, of 1,792, is in the Union of Bromley, and is assessed to the Income Tax at 8,083. The celebrated statesman, Sir Francis Walsingham, was born at Chislehurst, and the great literary character, Prince Hoare, was buried here.

( Post Office Directory of Kent, 1851)

'The Rush Pond, Chislehurst' from an old postcard.

The Rush Pond, Chislehurst
from an old postcard.



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