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Re: Smeeth Parish - 1847
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011, 16:49:57 »
I see that Mary Scott that had the 22 children ( oh goodness me !) died in 1652 and the monument was erected in 1654 , she had plenty of relatives to make sure it went in didn't she. I will have to do a bit more digging now and visit the church.
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Re: Smeeth Parish - 1847
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 12:16:54 »
Note the piece about Mary Scott producing 22 children and living to see 366 of their issue!


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Smeeth Parish - 1847
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 12:15:34 »
SMEETH, anciently called Skede, a name signifying an open, smooth plain, is a small parish, which stretches about a mile across each way, and contains 1,611 acres of land.  The village, with the church, is pleasantly situated on the brow of a hill, commanding a fine view over the valley, 4 ½ miles E.S.E. from Ashford.  In 1841, here were 105 houses and 489 inhabitants.  Population, in 1801, 296; in 1831, 497.  Rateable value, £3,347.  Sir E. Knatchbull, Bart., is lord of the manor and the principal landowner in this parish.

THE CHURCH, is a small fabric, dedicated to St. Mary, with two aisles, two chancels, and a low tower.  It contains some ancient memorials.  Against the north wall is a monument, with two figures standing, for Priscilla Scott and Mary Scott, the latter of whom had twenty-two children and lived to see 366 of her issue living.  Over the great arch is a fine aisle are two monuments for the family of Loftie.  This arch is a fine specimen of Saxon architecture, with zig-zag ornaments round it.  The pulpit is richly carved, and the font is a good specimen of moulded work of the 15th Century.  The church is exempt from the jurisdiction of the Archbishop, and has always been esteemed  a chapel to the church of Aldington, the rector of which parish is presented to the church of Aldington, with the chapel of Smeeth annexed.  The Rev. W. Knatchbull, D.D., is the incumbent.  The Bible Christians have a small chapel at Brabourne Lees.

The Manor of Aldington claims paramount over this parish subordinate to which is the manor of EVEGATE, long the inheritance of the Scott family, as was the MANOR OF HALL, the mansion of which called Scots Hall, was the seat of the Knightly family of Scott, for six successive generation men of eminent character employed in stations of high trust and honour by the respective Princes in whose reign they lived, several of whom were sheriffs and Knights in Parliament for this county.  Sir Thomas Scott was appointed commander of the Kentish forces, to oppose the formidable invasion of the Spanish Armada.  The day after he had received the council’s letters, he marched with 4,000 armed men to Dover.  He was much noted for the extensive establishment he kept up at Scotts Hall, and had upwards of one hundred persons constantly living in the mansion.  The last of this family that resided here died in 1765, and the estates were conveyed to Sir John Honysood, about the year 1784.  They are now possessed by Sire E. Knatchbull, Bart.  The greater part of the Hall is now in ruins.

CHARITIES: The yearly sum of 10s. received by the rector of Smeeth, from the trustees under the will of Timothy Bedenfield, which is divided between two poor widow.

It is stated in the Parliamentary returns tht Richard Hart, by deed 1619, gave land to the poor then producing £7 per annum.  The land four acres and a half, is situate in Romney Marsh, and let at a yearly rent of £11.5s., which is carried to the Poor’s Rates.  It has for a long period been considered parish property, and so treated for the last 100 years.

The yearly sum of £7.8s.9 ½d, received as William Fordred Charity, is distributed by the minister and churchwardens among 50 poor persons not receiving parish relief. (See Sellinge parish.)

Epps, Rd. Blacksmith
George, Jonah, Wheelwright
Godden, Francis, Victualler, Wool Pack
Hobbs, Henry, corn miller, Evegate
Hogbin, Wm. Shopkeeper
Hughes, Edw. Esq, Hill House
Hughes, W. Esq., The Cottage
Igglesden, Joseph, Shoemaker
Kingsmill, Thos. Shoemaker
Knatchbull, Rev. W. D.D. Rector
Morgan, Rev. Robert.
Ottaway, J. Wheelwright, Stone Hill
Pope, Wm. Vet. Surgeon.
Scott, Rev. Thos. (Baptist Minister)
SWaffer, Thos. Grocer
White John, Carpenter.


Arnold, Andrew, Water Farm
Gillott, Thomas.
Kendrick, Geo. Bee Hive
Samson, Francis
Thorp, Wm. Edw. Lodge House
Tilt, Wm. W. Evegate
White, William.

Taken from Bagshaw’s History, Gazetteer, & Directory of Kent.


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