Goudhurst  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Goudhurst like this:

GOUDHURST, a village and a parish in Cranbrook district, Kent. The village stands on a hill, near the river Tees, 4 miles WNW of Cranbrook, and 5 S by W of Marden r. station; was formerly a seat of the clothing trade, and a market-town; and has now a post office‡ under Staplehurst, a news-room, and fairs on 26 Ang., and 5 Nov. ...

The parish comprises 9, 685 acres. Real property, £13, 322. Pop., 2, 778. Houses, 535. The property is considerably divided. Goudhurst hill has an altitude of 491 feet; forms part of a range, about 3 miles long; and is skirted, on the W, by the river Tees. Bedgebury Park was long the residence of the Bedgeburys; passed to the Colepepers, the Stephensons, the Cartiers, and the Beresfords; and is now the seat of A. J. B. Hope, Esq. Combwell was once a priory, and afterwards the residence of the Campions. Finchcocks belonged to the Finchcock family in the time of Henry III.; and the present mansion was built by the Bathursts in 1725. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £432.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church stands on a lofty site; commands, from its tower, an extensive and noble view; is itself a fine old edifice; was about to be restored in June, 1865; and contains many monuments of the Colepepers and the Campions. The vicarage of Kilndown is a separate benefice. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a Primitive Methodist chapel, a national school, an endowment of £ 40 for a grammar school, and other charities with £75.

Goudhurst through time

Goudhurst is now part of Tunbridge Wells district. Click here for graphs and data of how Tunbridge Wells has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Goudhurst itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Goudhurst, in Tunbridge Wells and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd June 2021

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