In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Detling like this:
DEBTLING, Deptling or Detling, a parish in Hollingbourn district, Kent; 2¾ miles NE of Maidstone. It has a post office under Maidstone. Acres, 1, 576. Real property, £2, 369. Pop., 344. Houses, 76. The manor belonged to the Debtlings and the Polhills. There are lime-pits. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £195.* Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church was renovated in 1861; and an old wooden bell-tower was then replaced by a stone tower and a shingled spire.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Detling, in Maidstone and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 05th December 2013
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