Maps of and literary references to Hollingbourne


The principal Ordnance Survey Map covering Hollingbourne is Sheet 148 of the Explorer Series (Maidstone and the Medway Towns).



In the 1980’s Hollingbourne Parish Council published a picture book of Hollingbourne and more information is at



“The Domesday Book 1086-7” – Source; “A Complete Translation” published by Penguin Classics 2003 ISBN 0-141-43994-7

“IN EYHORNE HUNDRED. Ralph Fitz Turold holds Boughton Malherbe of the archbishop. It is assessed at half a sulung and it pertains to the 6 sulungs of Hollingbourne. There is land for 1 1/2 ploughs. In desmesne is 1 plough; and 3 villans with 2 bordars have 1 plough. There is a church, and 2 acres of meadow, and woodland for 16 pigs. All together it is and was always worth 40s.”

“IN EYHORNE HUNDRED. The archbishop himself holds Hollingbourne. It is assessed at 6 sulungs. There is land for 24 ploughs. In desmesne are 2 (ploughs); and 61 villans with 16 bordars hasve 23 ploughs. There is a church, and 12 slaves, and 2 mills, and 8 acres of meadow, (and) woodland for 40 pigs. All together, TRE and afterwards, it was worth £20; and is now worth £30.”

“To this manor belongs half a sulung which has never paid tax. The Bishop of Bayeux holds this or the archbishop at rent.”

“Every Girl’s Duty” – Alice Miles – The Diary of a Victorian Debutante. Edited with a Commentary by Maggy Parsons. Published by BCS by arrangement with Andre Deutsch Limited in 1992.

The edited diaries of Alice Miles who married into the Duppa family who owned Hollingbourne House for much of the ninteenth and twentieth centuries. Scions of the Duppa family included one of the founding fathers of Phoenix Arizona.

“Forget you had a daughter” by Sandra Gregory. Published by Vision Paperbacks in 2003. ISBN 1-904132-27-8.

The best selling story of a girl who grew up in Hollingbourne in the 1970’s and who ended up in the Bangkok Hilton before returning to the United Kingdom in 2000.

“Hayl Hola” an appraisal of Hollingbourne Village published by Hollingbourne Parish Council in 1987. ISBN 0-90515-592-0

An illustrated guide to Hollingbourne featuring old maps and photographs of many of the listed and historic houses in the village. Currently available from the Parish Council and Christopher’s Shop.

“Haunted Kent” by Janet Cameron. Published by Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-0-7524-3605-0

Details of reported hauntings throughout Kent including Eyhorne Manor. Other alleged ghosts in in Hollingbourne include a grey lady in the churchyard, a headless horseman on the Pilgrims’ Way, and “leaping jack” in Jack’s Alley.

“Hollingbourne – The History of a Kentish Parish” by Helen Allinson, Published by Synjon Books 2002 ISBN 0-904-37306-1

An illustrated history of Hollingbourne from 1200 onwards to 1975. The book includes section on the Hasted family, the Culpepers of Hollingbourne Manor, the Thomas’ of Eyhorne House (now demolished on the site of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Tunnel in Eyhorne Street, and the Duppas of Hollingbourne House. Culpeper in Virginia is reputedly named after the Culpepers who also once lived at Leeds Castle.

Helen Allinson has also published an edited collection of the Diaries of Louisa Thomas who lived at the now demolished Eyhorne House. For further information please go to

“Hidden Inns of the South East incl;uding Kent, Surrey, and Sussex”. Published by Travel Publishing Limited ISBN 1-902-00795-6.

Features The Windmill and The Sugar Loaves in Eyhoene Street, and The Dirty Habit (formerly the Pilgrim’s Rest and the King’s Head in Upper Street).

“An Historical Atlas of Kent” edited by Terence Lawson and David Killingray.  Published by Phillimore ISBN 1 86077 255 2

An illustrated history of Kent showing maps of Kent including Hollingbourne through the ages.

“The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent” by Edward Hasted 1797, 2nd edition published in 1972, Maidstone, UK: EP Publishing and Kent County Library. ISBN 0-85409-789-9.  This history was written by the father (1732-1812) of the longest serving vicar of Hollingbourne who was in post from 1790 to 1855. The title is free online from the British Library.

“Rural Rides” by William Cobbett – Source Penguin Classics ISBN 0-14-043023-7 (also at )

5th September 1823 – “When I got to the edge of (Hollingbourne) hill, and before I got off my horse to lead him down this more of a mile of hill, I sat and surveyed the prospect before me, and to the right and to the left. This is what the people of Kent call the Garden of Eden. It is a district of meadows, corn fields, hop-gardens, and orchards of apples, pears, cherries, and filberts, with very little land which cannot , with propriety, be called good. There are plantations of Chestnut and of Ash frequently occurring; and as these are cut when long enough to make poles for hops, they are at all times objects of great beauty.”

More information about William Cobbett in Kent is at

 “William Twopenny in Kent” by Eric R. Swain. Published by Winston Publications in 1986.

Reprints of sketches of leading buildings of Kent by William Twopenny from 1820-1840 including Leeds Castle, Hollingbourne Manor, Godfrey House, and Battell Hall in Leeds. 

Please note that booklets about the History of All Saints’ Church (by Allen Grove) and prominent local familes including the Duppas of Hollingbourne House, the Thomas’ of Eyhorne House, and the Culpepers of Hollingbourne Manor are available for purchase from a table at the back of the church. The church is open during the day time and has many fine features including one of the two monuments to Dame Grace Gethin (the other one being in Westminster Abbey).   The church still retains the box pews of the Duppas are other local notables and the Culpeper Chapel is at the end of one side aisle. The sixteenth century Culpeper tapestry which was embroidered by the ladies of the Culpeper househould may be viewed by prior appointment with the clergy (Tel 880243).

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The Pilgrim's Way and North Downs Way looking west towards Hollingbourne.
The Pilgrim’s Way and North Downs Way looking west towards Hollingbourne with Hollingbourne Manor between the trees in the distance.