Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for WILLESBOROUGH

WILLESBOROUGH, a village and a parish in East Ashford district, Kent. The village stands 1¾ mile E of Ashford r. station; and has a post-office under Ashford, and a fair on Whit-Tuesday. The parish includes Aylesford hamlet, and part of Ashford-Newtown, called Alfred-Town; and contains East Ashford workhouse. Acres, 1,457. Real property, £5,302; of which £20 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,022; in 1861, 1,780,-of whom 148 were in the workhouse. Houses, 320. The increase of pop. was caused by the erection, at Alfred-Town, of a railway factory for engines and carriages, and of houses for the accommodation of the workmen. The property is subdivided. Sportlands, Court Lodge, and Street End House are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £182.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter ofThe church is decorated English. There is a national school.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Willesborough AP/CP       East Ashford PLU/RegD       Kent AncC
Place: Willesborough

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