In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Westwell like this:
WESTWELL, a village and a parish in West Ashford district, Kent. The village stands 3¾ miles N by W of Ashford r. station; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Ashford. The parish includes two hamlets, contains West Ashford workhouse, and comprises 5,199 acres. Real property, £5,933. ...
Pop., 999. Houses, 186. The manor belonged to Christchurch, Canterbury; and passed to the Tuftons. Ripley Court was the seat of the Tuftons, but is now a farmhouse. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £300.* Patron, the Archbishop ofThe church is partly early English, and has a tower and spire. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £27.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Westwell, in Ashford and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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