transcribed by G. Lamb, for the HRGS.


48. BREDHURST. A very small church, though with more population than might have been expected, in a remote situation, among or on the border of the woods, which extend from near the tops of Debtling and Boxley hills to within a short distance of Chatham northwards, and almost to the Medway westward. On the south side of the chancel is a small chapel, of very good E. E. workmanship. It is separated from the church, and the door kept locked, but the windows are open to the birds and the weather. The windows appear not to have been intended to receive glass, but to have had shutters on the interior. Bredhurst is a curacy, in the gift of the rector of Hollingbourne. " Almost adjoining to the churchyard eastward there is a wood, where the inhabitants have a report there was once a village, called ' Bredhurst Town/ Several wells are yet remaining in it." (Hasted.) Brass : William Norwood, in armour, and four sons. (Harris.)


163. HOLLINGBOURNE. Appears in (Val.Eccl.)as a rectory, the vicarage being named separately with the chapels of Hucking and Bredhurst annexed.  Hucking is still attached to the vicarage of Hollingbourne ; but Bredhurst is a distinct benefice, though only a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the sinecure rector of Hollingbourne.