In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chiddingstone like this:
CHIDDINGSTONE, or Chydingstone, a village and a parish in Sevenoaks district, Kent. The village stands in the Weald, on the river Eden, 1½ mile SW of Penshurst r. station, and 6 WSW of Tunbridge; contains interesting specimens of old gabled timbered houses; and has a post office under Edenbridge. The parish includes also the hamlet of Little Chiddingstone. Acres, 5, 975. Real property, £6, 263. Pop., 1, 200. Houses, 230. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged once to the Burghs and the Cobhams; and has belonged, since the time of Henry VIII., to the Streatfields. ...
The ancient manor-house was called High Street House; and the present one is modern and castellated. The Chiding Stone, figured by Grose, and the subject of curious tradition, is a weather-worn mass of sandstone, about 18 feet high, on the edge of the path behind the village. Wild boars anciently haunted the surrounding tract; and are commemorated here in the names of Boar Place and Boreshill. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £650.* Patron, the Arch-bishop of Canterbury. The church has a fine perpendicular English tower, but includes some portions of decorated date; and it contains many monuments of the Streatfields. There is a national school.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chiddingstone, in Sevenoaks and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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