Wrotham  Kent


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

WROTHAM, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Kent. The town stands at the foot of chalk hills, 6 miles EN E of Sevenoaks r. station; was known, at Domesday, as Broteham; is supposed to date from the time of the ancient Britons; was given, by Athelstane, to Christchurch, Canterbury; had a palace of the Archbishops, now represented by only a few offices; suffered devastation by the Isleys and their party, in Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion; was formerly a market-town; and now has a post-office‡ under Sevenoaks, a banking office, a good inn, a market on the fifth Tuesday of every month which has a fifth Tuesday, and a fair on 4 May.—The parish includes several hamlets, and comprises 8,878 acres. ...

Real property, £11,873. Pop. in 1851, 3,184; in 1861, 3,336. Houses, 650. The property is much subdivided. There are several good residences. W. hill, near the town, command s a superb view. The Isleys and their party were routed at Blacksole Field. The living is a rectory and a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £1,000.* Patron, the Archbishop. The church is partly early English, and was restored in 1863. The rectory of Plaxtole, the vicarage of Platt, and the vicarage of Woodland s are separate benefices. There are a Baptist chapel, national schools, alms houses with £168 a year, and other charities £17.—The sub-district contains 6 parishes, and is in Malling district. Acres, 16,183. Pop, 5,857. Houses, 1,143.-The hundred contains 4 parishes, and is in Aylesford lathe. Acres, 15,280. Pop. in 1851, 5,187. Houses, 1,017.

Wrotham through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 12th July 2024

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