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NOTES TO KENT.

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19. Barham.—Annexed to Bishop's Bourne, which see. Brasses: a priest; a knight in armour, and lady. (Hasted.)

20. Barming.—The portion of the parish where the church stands was formerly called East Barming, to distinguish it from West Barming, which also possessed a church at the spot now known as Barnjet. "Some part only of the ruines of the church (of West Barming) is remaining, but that there was such a church and a churchyard to the same (neer the Court lodge there) is yet visible." (Kilburne, about A.D. 1659.) Hasted states, that West Barming, or Barnjet, originally only a chapel, afterwards deemed a parish, was united to Nettlested 2d of K. Henry VII. (Reg. Roff.) says, p. 142, in A.D. 1508, at p. 162, &c., in 1486. The rector of Nettlested is still inducted thereto with the rectory of West Barming annexed. The "capella de Bermynget" is named in (Val. Eccl.) See Nettlested. Not a vestige of West Barming church now exists. Compare the list of churches in the diocese of Rochester, at the end of the Note on that place.

21. Benenden.—A church of chancel, nave, north and south aisles, with chancels shorter than the central, south porch, and large square west tower with battlements and stair turret. Both aisles also have battlements and stair turrets. The body of the church seems to have been, partially at any rate, rebuilt. There are some Dec. portions; the windows are chiefly Perp. and debased Perp. All the interior arches have been Grecianised. Kilburne describes this church as having a wooden spire of remarkable construction, standing separate from the church. I conceive he must have written from memory, because the existing tower was certainly erected before his time. His description might be intended for Brookland, to which it would still apply (in part assuredly); and he makes no observation on the peculiarity of that church.

22. Bersted.—Collins (Peerage, II, 1, Ed. 1779), deduces this name from the Berties ("Bertie stad or sted, in Saxon town"); one of which family, he states, came over in the first Saxon invasion, and settled here. As his authority for the assertion, Collins refers to Philpott's Survey of Kent; but, in his account of Bersted, Philpott says nothing of the kind; while, in his (Etymology &c. of Names, as they are derived from some Saxon radix,) he expressly observes of Berested, "I might derive