In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lydden like this:
LYDDEN, a village and a parish in Dover district, Kent. The village stands on Watling-street, adjacent to the London, Chatham, and Dover railway, in a valley between high chalk hills, 2 miles NW of Ewell r. station, and 5 NW of Dover. The parish comprises 1,422 acres; and its Post town is Dover. Real property, £1,453. Pop., 198. Houses, 40. The property is diVided among a few. Considerable springs rise here; and streamlets, flowing from them, have a subterranean course and fall into the sea, under the name of Lydden spouts, from the cliffs at Hougham, about 4 miles distant. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £130.* Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church was rebuilt in 1833; and consists of nave and chancel, with a tower.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lydden, in Dover and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th June 2013
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