In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Westerham like this:
WESTERHAM, a small town, a parish, and a hundred, in Kent. The town stands on a gentle acclivity, 4¼ miles N of Edenbridge r. station, and 5½ W of Sevenoaks; was the birthplace of the martyr Frith, Bishop Hoadley, and General Wolfe; is a pleasant place; and has a post-office‡ under Edenbridge, a hotel, a public hall and cornmarket built in 1866, a fine large later English church, an Independent chapel, a literary institution and reading room, a national school, charities £30, a weekly market on Wednesday, and a fair on 3 May. ...
Pop., 1,651. The parish includes Crockham hamlet, is in Sevenoaks district, and comprises 5,676 acres. Real property, £11,303. Pop., 2,196. Houses, 431. The manor was given by Edward I., to Westminster abbey; passed to the Greshams and the Wardes; and, with Squerryes Court, belongs now to Colonel G. Warde. Dunsdale is the seat of J. Kitchin, Esq. Landslips occurred in greensand hills here in 1596 and 1756. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £450.* Patron, J. Board, Esq. The p. curacy of Crockham is a separate benefice.-The hundred consists of W. and Edenbridge parishes.
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 Westerham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Sevenoaks. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Westerham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Westerham, in Sevenoaks and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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