The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Wateringbury
Watringbury, called in Domesday, OTRINGEBERGE, and in the Textus Roffensis, WOTRINGABERIA. It is supposed to have taken its name from its low and watry situation.
The parish of Watringbury is almost square, about a mile and a quarter each way, and contains about eighty-three families. So much of it as lies southward of the quarry hills, which cross the northern part of it, is within the district of the Weald, beyond which there are some coppice woods adjoining to East-Malling heath. The soil is exceedingly fruitful for corn, fruit and hops, being a loam thinly covering the rock stone. The village, which stands on the highroad from Maidstone towards Mereworth and Tunbridge, is both healthy and pleasant; in it is the vicarage, a neat genteel house, almost rebuilt by Mr. Charlton, a late vicar, since much improved, and the ground round it laid out in the modern taste by the Rev. Mr. Style, the present vicar, who for some time resided in it; and at the west end of it is Watringbury-place, a handsome brick mansion; at the east end of the village is Watringbury-cross, whence the road leads down to the river Medway, at the south east boundary of this parish. It is, well watered by several springs of sweet clear water, which rise near the place-house, and run into the stream which comes from Mereworth, and turning a mill, goes on south-eastward towards the Medway, which it joins near Bow-bridge.
There is a vill or borough in this parish, containing the west division of it, the hamlet of which is situated on the Maidstone road, adjoining to Mereworth parish, being called Pizein-well, from one Pizein, who owned the well here.
Lilly is another hamlet, belonging to this parish, which lies about five miles to the south, of it, and is surrounded by the parishes of Yalding, Eaft Peckham, and Tudeley. It is a low wet place, containing but one house, which, with the greatest part of the land here, was in the possession of Mr. Henry Simmonds, who in 1764 alienated his interest in it to Alexander Courthorpe, esq. of Horsemonden, who a few years ago, and by will gave this among his other estates to his nephew John. Cole, esq. of Horsemonden, the present owner of it.
extract from Hasted's History of Kent published in 1798

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Books and other documents
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1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 106
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 267
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 339
1871A History of The Weald of Kent with an outline of the Early History of the County, Volume I. by Robert Furley, F.S.A.fishery p. 163; Domesday p. 226
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 280

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