The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Bidborough
This parish is situated both pleasant and healthy, it is but of small extent, and is incircled on three sides by the parish of Tunbridge, and on the fourth by Speldhurst; it lies mostly on high ground, the soil is in the higher parts a sand covering the quarry rock stone. The low lands extend westward along the stream by Barden furnace to Pound's bridge, which separates this parish from that of Tunbridge, and here the soil is of clay and very, wet, but the whole of it is rather an unfertile soil. The high road from Tunbridge town towards the Wells, runs along the eastern side of this parish, close to the west side of which is the seat and grounds of Bounds, the residence of the Countess dowager of Darnley; adjoining is the hamlet of Southborough, which is within the parish of Tunbridge.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1798

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378Births5141215911129039
133Christenings514121055325
62Marriages840842
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Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 272
1810Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Paul Amsinck and Letitia Byrnep. 39
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 23
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 301
1874A History of The Weald of Kent with an outline of the History of the County to the present time, Volume II by Robert Furley, F.S.A.p. 12; p. 703
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 133

Pictures 

Bounds - 1809

Bidborough Church - 1809

Bidborough Church - 1904

Interior of Bidborough Church - c 1910

Bidborough Ridge - 1915

The Parish Church - c 1950
 

Places in Bidborough
Ashour [als Ashower] Farm
Barden Furnace Farm
Boundes Park [als Great Bounds]
Elm Court
Hodges Bank
Marlpit Corner
Old Farm
Prince Style [als Printstile]
Ridgelands
St. Lawrence's Church
Swaylands
The Rectory
The Village
Historical records

3rd Apr 1881CensusBidborough1881 Census
Bidborough, Kent
That part of the Parish of Bidborough that includes Prince Stile, Hodges Bank and Barden

3rd Apr 1881CensusBidborough1881 Census
Bidborough, Kent
That part of the Parish of Bidborough that includes Marlpit Corner, Elm Court and Bidborough Village

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