Sunday, 16 August 2009

The London/Kent boundary - Halstead

A SQUARE BY SQUARE LOOK AT LONDON
TQ47 61 An Area of woodland and agricultural land

Boundary London/Kent/Bromley
The boundary follows the western edge of Lower Randle’s Wood and then turns sharp west to join a path which crosses Birchingbank Wood. At the other side of the wood it turns south down the boundary of the wood to join Perry’s Hill. which it follows westward.

Post to the west Washneys
Post to the north Pratt's bottom

On the boundary
Perry’s Lane
The name of the lane changes at the boundary to Stubbs Hill
Perry Wood
Birchingbank Wood

On the Kent, Sevenoaks side of the boundary
Deerleap Lane
South Lodge. Early mid 19th lodge cottage. L shaped but with a modern extension.

Randle’s Lane
Lower Randle’s Wood

Rushmore Hill
New Stables FarmRushmore Hill House – was the Porcupine Inn. Now a private house - another stage coach inn with stabling for eighteen horses. Mentioned as early as 1675. It was eventually bought by a Mr. Komedera and his daughter planned it as a country club in 1977. an earlier owner, Mr. Montague, has exdtended it with a billard room, a gym and an indoor pool plus a lake in the grounds.
Porcupine – appears to be a modern house.

Singles Cross Lane
Hawfield Wood

Stubbs Hill
The name of the lane changes at the boundary to Perry’s Lane
Piece Wood

Compilation of this work has taken many years and numerous sources of material. In this area I would like to mention an excellent history of Knockholt by David Waldron Smithers.

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