Author: frittendenhistory

The Bells of St Mary’s

Further to Rebecca Steele’s article ‘Oranges and Lemons’ in the September Parish Magazine, I thought it worth giving a short history of Frittenden’s ring of bells.  Frittenden has a long record of bell ringing with some notable records and personalities. Hasted, 1798, records that St Mary’s had a peal of six bells.  However, these were […]

The Parish Magazine

A potted history of the parish magazine In light of Mike Cooper’s mere 20 years in the saddle as editor of this magazine, I thought it worth putting his service into some sort of context. The Historical Society has, we believe, a full set of the magazines from 1925.  These have changed both in format […]

Pound Hill Chapel

The Chapel on Pound Hill While it is unlikely that non-conformity was a novelty in Frittenden, the appointment of an absentee rector, Henry Hodges, in 1804 who then sought to impose/extend his right to tithes, may have proved to be the catalyst for a visible split with the Anglican church.  The Strict Providence Chapel on […]

The Mann-Cornwallis Estate

The Mann-Cornwallis Estate One estate, that of Mann/Cornwallis, dominated the parish of Frittenden in the nineteenth century.  Sir Robert Mann, a London merchant, bought Capel Court on the outskirts of Maidstone in 1724.  Around 1730 he demolished Capel Court and built the first part of what is today Linton Place.  On more than one occasion […]