In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Charing like this:
CHARING, a village and a parish in West Ashford district, Kent. The village stands on the ancient road called the Pilgrims' way, near the source of the Len, 5 miles N by E of Pluckley r. station, and 5½ NW of Ashford. It is an ancient place, known at Domesday as Cheringes; and it has a post office‡ under Ashford, an inn, and fair s on 29 April, and 29 Oct. The parish comprises 4,551 acres. Real property, £7,610. Pop., 1,285. Houses, 265. The property is divided among a few. ...
The manor belonged early to the see of Canterbury; was held some time but the Saxon kings; reverted to the Archbishops; was given up by Cranmer to Henry VIII.; and passed to the Whelers of Otterden. A palace of the Archbishops stood here; was rebuilt in the 14th century; and gave entertainment to Henry VII. and Henry VIII. The edifice was in the early decorated style, and badly executed; and considerable ruins of it still exist. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £475.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. The church was chiefly rebuilt after a destruction of it by fire in 1590, but retains portions in early English and perpendicular; and it contains monuments of the Brents, the Sayers, the Honeywoods, and Mrs. Ludwell. A school, founded by Mrs. Ludwell, who died in 1765, has £88 a year from endowment, and two exhibitions at Oriel college.
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 Charing has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Ashford. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Charing and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Charing, in Ashford and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2015
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