Kinghamford Hundred: The Manor of Kingston/TR

The Manor of Kingston was given by William the Conqueror (1066-1087), to Fulbert de Dover as part of his barony, the seat of which was at Chilham.

In the 13th Century this was forfeited to the crown and granted by Edward II to a Bartholemew de Badlesmere, circa 1312. Bartholemew was executed in Canterbury because of his part in the Baron's revolt against Edward II. When his son and heir Giles died in 1338, there were only Bartholemew's four daughters to inherit, and Kingston passed to Sir John Tiptoft who had married one them, Margaret. Sir John's son Robert Tiptoft died in 1372 leaving three daughters, one of whom, Elizabeth, took Kingston as dowry to her marriage with Sir Philip le Dispencer.

Sir Philip died in 1424 and the manor passed to his daughter, Margery, who was married to a Roger Wentworth and thence, via Thomas, Lord Wentworth of Nettlestead, to Thomas Colepeper of Bedgebury, near Canterbury, in 1456. Colepeper in turn sold it to Sir Anthony Aucher of the nearby village of Bishopsbourne. A later descendent, also named Sir Anthony Aucher, sold it to Thomas Gibbon of Westcliffe in 1647, who gave it to his son Richard Gibbon M.D. Eventually it passed to Ann Gibbon, who married the Rev. John Stonning. Their daughter and heir, Elizabeth, was married to another doctor, Peter Peters, who lived in Canterbury and practised as a physician in Blackfriars.

When Peters died in 1697 it was inherited by his daughter Elizabeth, who became the second wife of Thomas Barrett in 1722, and their daughter Elizabeth, wife of Rev William Dejovas Byrche, in inherited in 1757. The Rev William died in 1792 and Elizabeth in 1798, whereupon the manor passed to their daughter, yet another Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Egerton Brydges of Denton.


Edward Hasted, "The Historical and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent Vol. IX", published 1800