In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ightham like this:
IGHTHAM, a village and a parish in Malling district, Kent. The village stands near the railway from Otford to Maidstone, 2½ miles SW by S of Wrotham, and 4½ N E of Sevenoaks; was anciently called Eightham; was once a market town; and has now a post office under Sevenoaks, and a fair on Whit-Wednesday. The parish contains also the hamlets of Moat, Ivy-Hatch, Redwell, Oldbury, and part of Borough-Green. Acres, 2, 5 40. Real property, £5, 039. Pop., 1, 152. Houses, 227. The property is divided among a few. ...
The manor belonged to the Crevequiers, the Criols, the Inges, the Zouches, and others; and passed to the Jameses. There is a nursery ground. A Roman vicinal way passed through, and has left traces of its course in the names Oldbury and Stone street. A Roman camp, of irregular form, and enclosing about 137 acres, is on Oldbury Hill; has a single vallum; and contains, near the centre, two fine springs. A cave, mostly filled by sinking of the earth, is said to exist on the brow of the hill. A building, called the Moat, stands in a ravine of the Weald, about 2 miles S of the village; took its name from a moat around it, kept full of water by the flow of a streamlet; and forms an excellent specimen of the fortified mansion of former times. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Valne, £510. * Patron, T. Coleman, Esq. The church is ancient bnt good; includes portions from Norman to later English; consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with embattled tower; and contains a brass of about 1530, and monuments of the 17th century to the Selbys of Moat. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £15.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ightham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Tonbridge and Malling. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ightham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ightham, in Tonbridge and Malling and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd May 2013
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