Chevening  Kent


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

CHEVENING, a parish in Sevenoaks district, Kent; on the river Durent, 3½ miles NW of Sevenoaks r. station. Post town, Sevenoaks. Acres, 3, 773. Real property, £6, 416. Pop., 932. Houses, 215. The property is divided among a few. There are two manors. The one belonged to the see of Canterbury till the Reformation; and then passed to the Crown. ...

The other belonged early to the family of De Chevening; passed to the Lennards, afterwards Lords Dacre; was purchased, in 1717, by General Stanhope, created Earl Stanhope; and is now held by his descendant. The mansion here was built, in 1630, by Lord Dacre, after designs by Inigo Jones; but has been greatly altered, both externally and internally; and it contains some interesting portraits. The grounds are crossed by the ancient British way, called the Pilgrim's road; include a fine lake and maze, and a mass of Roman monumental stones and altars, brought from abroad by the first Lord Stanhope; and command, from their highest point, a brilliant view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £766.* Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church has some early English masonry, but is chiefly perpendicular; and it contains altar-tombs of the Dacres, and monuments of the Stanhopes. There are three dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities £59.

Chevening through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 30th May 2024

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