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Books & Publications about Hastingleigh



A Saunter Through Kent with PEN and PENCIL
Volume XXXII (vol 32)
by (Sir) Charles Igglesden

Published 1939 by the Kentish Express Newspaper
[this volume covers Hastingleigh, Waltham, Petham, Elmsted, Crundale and Shaddoxhurst.

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Kentish Village: Hastingleigh
by Mary Winifred Harwood

Published 1952 by The Parochial Church Council 

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A Time to Remember : Some Recollections of a Kentish Village
Published 1985 privately by Arthur Marsh, (44 pages)
A wonderful account of life in the village in the 20th century with
many photos and illustrations.

Printed by Greyhound Lithographic Studio, Wye.

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St Mary's Church, Hastingleigh : Gifts and Patrons
Seven Hundred Years of Recorded Worship 1293-1993

-by Roz Gooderham Bacon
Published 1993
(22 pages - a really useful guide to the features of the church and
grounds & their known history )

Published 1952 by the Parochial Church Council 


Hastingleigh 1000-2000AD
by Brian J L Berry

Published 2002 by Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland USA

The text only content of this book is now online in PDF format (CLICK)  

Good Farming in Action
by V.C.Fishwick

Published in 1949 by The English Universities Press Ltd.
This is a gem of a book, written by Mr Fiskwick after he took over Staple Farm, Hastingleigh soon after the second world war. The author records in wonderful detail the trials and tribulations of setting up a post war farm. It captures a time in history when old farming ways were being transformed by mechanisation. It contains 50 photographs mostly taken in Hastingleigh that illustrate both the old and new ways of farming. I thoroughly recommend it as a farming history book as well as a window on post war Hastingleigh life.

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Publications which include reference to Hastingleigh
(please submit details of any other publications to be added to this list. - thankyou)

Memories by Request:
by Sir Charles J. Jessel Bt
Published 2011 by Trencavel Press
(154 pages including illustrations,) an illuminating read with numerous references to Hastingleigh and various characters that have lived and worked in the village. Sir Charles Jessel has long been resident in the village, employing local people on his farm. This book is brim full of memories, observations and anecdotes touching just about every facet of his distinguished life.
ISBN: 978-09545786-8-8

Copies can be ordered from the publisher (Click)

or the E-edition for Kindles bought through amazon.co.uk (Click)

Kent County Churchs
by James Anthony Symes

Published 1986 Whitstable Litho Ltd, Whitstable Kent  ISBN 0948193131
(page 138 full page article with ink sketch of church on facing page)



Recollections of Rural Life: Around Godmersham, Crundale & Waltham
by Rex Lancefield

Published 1994 Rex Lancefield, Horton Heath, Eastleigh, Hants
(142 pages of fascinating, evocative descriptions and super illustrations - highly recommended reading!)




The Kingdom of Kent
by K.P. Whitney

Published 1982 by Phillimore
ISBN 978-0850334438
(page 138)



Continuity and Colonization:
The Evolution of Kentish Settlement

By Alan Milner Everitt
Published 1986 by Humanities Press
(pages 137/147)

The Life of William Harvey
By Geoffrey Keynes
Published 1966 by Clarendon Press
(7 pages mention Hastingleigh)

Kent in the Twentieth Century : By Nigel Yates
Published 2001 by Boydell Press
ISBN 0851155871  9780851155876

The Poll for Two Knights of the Shire
to represent the Eastern Division of the County of Kent:
compiled by W. Hall
Published 1866 by W. Davey


Archaeologia Cantiana: By Kent Archaeological Society
Published 1956
(pages vi & 219)


English Provincial Society from the Reformation to the Revolution:
Religion, Politics and Society in Kent 1500-1640
By Peter Clark
Published 1977 by Harvester Press
(page 48)



Popular Religion in Sixteenth-Century England: Holding Their Peace
by Christopher Marsh

Published 1998 by St. Martin's Press, 1998 / ISBN 0312210949, 9780312210946



The Norman Conquest
Its Effects on the Economy: 1066-86

By Rex Welldon Finn
Published 1971 by Longman, 
(page 49)


Illustrations of the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century:
Consisting of Authentic Memoirs and Original Letters of Eminent Persons, and intended as a Sequel to the Literary Anecdotes.

- By John Nichols, John Bowyer Nichols
Published 1966 by Kraus Reprint Corp., 
(page 750)


The Styles of English Architecture
By Hubert John Pragnell 
Published 1984 by B.T. Batsford,   ISBN 0713437685, 9780713437683
(pages 45/55)


Old Crosses and Lychgates

 By Aylmer Vallance
Published 1920 by B. T. Batsford, ltd., 
(page 14)


The South Saxons -

By Peter Brandon 
Published 1978 by Phillimore,  ISBN 0850332400, 9780850332407
(page 33)



English Church Brasses from the 13th to the 17th Century: A Manual for Antiquaries, Archaeologists and Collectors

By Ernest Richard Suffling
Published 1910 byL.U. Gill, 
(page 384 regards John & Amy Halke's memorial plaque of 1596)



The Last Ditch: Britain's Secret Resistance and the Nazi Invasion Plan 

By David Lampe, Gary Sheffield
Published 2007 by Greenhill Books

ISBN 1853677302, 9781853677304 
(page 98 regards the use of the cellars of demolished Evington Place as a bunker for the underground resistance)

Also visit this online newspaper article (click)

Poverty and Policy in Tudor and Stuart England

By Paul Slack
Published 1988 by Longman
ISBN 0582489652


KELLY'S Directory of the Leather TradesPublished 1885 

 Click herefor Hastingleigh entries in Kelly's Directories and other Trade Directories


The Styles of English ArchitectureBy Hubert John PragnellPublished 1984 by B.T. Batsford, 1984
ISBN 0713437685
(page 45 - the lancet window in the church)


Gentleman's Magazine Library: Being a Classified Collection of the Chief Contents of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1731 to 1868
By George Laurence Gomme
Published 1904 by E. Stock


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