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The earliest record of the village shop is in a deed of 1453. In 1517 it was bought,as the Manor House of Chiddingstone, by Ann Boleyn's father.
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Chiddingstone

Chiddingstone Village

The unique row of timbered Tudor houses is known as Chiddingstone, comprising a village shop, a lovely church, an antique shop, flourishing village school and, in one corner in the lea of Chiddingstone Castle, the Castle Inn.

The first reference to the ancient village occurs in 814AD, as land granted to the Archbishop of Canterbury. A successor, Archbishop Lanfranc held it almost intact 250 years later, and there is a connection with the See of Canterbury to this day. Katherine Parr's first husband, Sir Edward de Burgh, occupied part of the village at one time.

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The Streatfeild family enters the picture from the middle of the 16th century. The first Richard Streatfeild made his fortune as an Elizabethan ironmaster and, as squires and patrons of the village, the family retained an intimate association for 450 years. That is, until 1939 when the family sold the village to the National Trust.

The village street remains exceptionally unspoilt, each house an attractive example of 16th and 17th domestic architecture.
 
 

The Castle Inn, first referred to in 1420 as Waterslip House, became an inn about 1730 and continues in business to this day.

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