In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Offham like this:
OFFHAM, a village and a parish in Malling district, Kent. The village stands at the N skirt of Mereworthwoods, adjacent to the Otford and Maidstone railway, 1½mile W of West Malling and 6½ W N W of Maidstone; and has a post-office under Maidstone. Offham Greenlong had an ancient quintain, which the lord of the manor was said to be obliged to keep in repair; but only the upright post of it is now to be seen. The parish comprises 707 acres. Real property, £2, 163. Pop., 411. ...
Houses, 82. The property is divided among a few. The manor and much of the land belong to Sir R. Tufton, Bart. The manor-house is the residence of T. H. Hutchinson, Esq. Upwards of 200 acres are under hops. There is a Danish camp. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £259.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is partly Norman, chiefly early English, all in good condition; and has a tower. There is a village school. Jack Straw was a native.
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 Offham 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 Offham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Offham, in Tonbridge and Malling and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 06th December 2013
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