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Westerham, Kent

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Westerham, Kent

Westerham is a town and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, in South East England with 5,000 people. The parish is south of the North Downs, ten miles west of Sevenoaks. It covers 5,800 acres . It is recorded as early as the 9th century, and was mentioned in the Domesday Book in a Norman form, Oistreham. Hām is Old English for a village or homestead, and so Westerham means a westerly homestead and the source of the English word "home".
DistrictSevenoaks
Post townWESTERHAM
Administrative CountyKent
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTQ4454
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01959
Population5,000
 

Other names by which Westerham, Kent has been known in the past

Westerham and Edenbridge ~ Oistreham

Westerham, Kent in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Westerham, market town and par. with ry. sta., Kent, 5 miles W. of Sevenoaks and 25 miles SE. of London, 5804 ac., pop. 2301; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Wednesday. Westerham is an ancient town, and is pleasantly situated on a gentle declivity near the Surrey border. The church of St Mary is an old structure, and contains, among other interesting memorials, a monument of General Wolfe (1727-1759), a native of the town. The town has also a public hall and market house (1866), and a literary institution and reading-room. The principal trade is in corn.

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