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NOTES TO KENT.

mother church "till the inhabitants should return." In this document both are called "rectories," and, though the spelling of the name varies repeatedly, the same name is applied indifferently to both church and chapel. Tho. Bp. of Rochester consolidated the two on the 23d April, 1712, when the mother parish is styled the rectory of Lullingstone, the chapelry the vicarage of Lullingstaine. (Reg. Roff.)—The younger Thorpe (Cust. Roff.) states the existence in 1769 of the ruins of the chapel, which he says were built of flint and Roman bricks. Those ruins were still visible in Hasted's time, without the north gate of the park.—In (Val. Eccl.) Lullingston appears as a chapel to Lullingstone, and is called "Free."—"This parish has no village, there being but two houses in it besides Lullingstone House. The church is a small building, but fitted up exceedingly neat and elegant. In short, it appears more like a nobleman's costly chapel than a common parish church, and affords an example worthy the imitation of the patrons of other churches." (Hasted.) This was written about 1778.

Effigies : Sir John Peche, constable of Dover Castle &c. under K. Henry VIII ; Sir Percivall Hart, black marble, 1580; Sir George Hart, alabaster, 1587; with others later. Brasses: William Peeche, 1487; Alice Baldwyn, 1533. (Reg. Roff.)

207. Lydd.—(Val. Eccl.) declares the church to have then belonged to Tintern Abbey in Wales.—Brasses: John Montelfont, vicar, 1420; John Thomas, 1429; Robert Cokyram, 1508; Raffe Wilcocks (wife lost), 1555; Thomas Harte and wife, 1557; Peter Godfrey and wife, 1556 and 1560; William Dalet, 1598; Thomas Godfrey and wife; effigy of a knight in armour, said to be Sir Walter Menel, temp. K. Edward III. Formerly a chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, stood at the Ness in this parish, which is mentioned in a will of A.D. 1510. (Hasted.)—Langport is the name of a manor, or rather two manors, Old and New, in Lydd, whence is derived the title of the hundred. (Harris.)—Either there was a church formerly at Langport or, which perhaps is most probable, the name was occasionally applied to the whole parish; for the parson of the church of Langport is mentioned in the (Chartulary of Lewes Priory), temp. Rich. Archb. of Canterbury, and Pope Alexander III; about A.D. 1180. The name "Lamport" appears in (D.B.) signifying both the manor and the hundred to which it gave its title.

208. Maidstone.—(A.D. 1291) "Ecclia de Maidenstane,