Pigots 1840 - Kent

Orpington, Chelsfield & Farnborough


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Orpington is a village and parish in the hundred of Ruxley and lathe of Sutton at Hone, 16 miles SE from London and three miles S by W from Foots Cray. The river Cray has its source in this parish; and there are in it numerous other springs, which sometimes burst out, so as to almost inundate the village. The church dedicated to All Saints, is of rather mean appearance, with a low tower; the living comprises a sinecure rectory and a discharged vicarage, with a perpetual curacy of St Mary’s Cray annexed, in the patronage of the see of Canterbury. A fair is held here on Holy Thursday. The parish contained by the last census, 842 inhabitants.


About two miles from Orpington, in the same hundred and lathe, is the village of Chelsfield, consisting of a few scattered and a small but neat church; the latter is dedicated to St Margaret and the living is a rectory, in the gift of All Souls College, Oxford. The population of the parish is 796.


Farnborough is a hamlet to Chelsfield, deriving its welfare principally from its situation, which is on the great road to Dover, Hastings and other parts of the coast; and being thus a considerable thoroughfare, is enabled to support three of four respectable public houses for the accommodation of travellers; of these the “George & Dragon” the “Rose & Crown” and the “White Lion” are the principal. The land round here is fertile and well cultivated; a considerable acreage is employed in the culture of vegetables by market gardeners. Here is a chapel of ease to Chelsfield; the views from the elevation on which this building is erected are very pleasing, extensive and varied.


POST OFFICE – Chelsfield, William HILLS, Postmaster. Farnborough, Robert SESSIONS, Postmaster. Letters from London, and all parts arrive every morning at eight in summer and nine in winter, and are despatched every evening at six in summer and five in winter.




BIGGS William, Orpington

CARVELL Mr William, Farnborough

DALE Rev J, Farnborough

FOX Mr John, Farnborough

HARRIS Mrs, Orpington

HOWHIN Mr William, Farnborough

JACKSON Joseph esq, Orpington

KERWAN Mrs, Orpington

PERCIVELL the Misses, Orpington

RICKETTS William esq, Farnborough

SAVAGE Mrs, Farnborough

SESSION Rev, Farnborough

TAUNTON Rev G, Chelsfield

TOWNLEY Rev William, Orpington

WAREING Thomas esq, Chelsfield

WILLIAMS General, Chalk Farm

WOOD Rev James, Farnborough




ARCULARIUS Charlotte, schoolmistress, Orpington

ATKINS George, schoolmaster, Orpington

CARVELL William, surgeon, Farnborough

STOW Thomas, surveyor, Farnborough




ARTICHOKE Sarah Bentley, Orpington

Bull’s Head, William PEACOCK, Pratts Bottom

Five Bells, Thomas BROOKES, Chelsfield

George & Dragon Inn, William SHUTTLEWORTH, Farnborough

New Inn, Robert SESSION, Farnborough

Queen’s Head, Richard HICKMOTT, Chelsfield

Rose & Crown, Caleb ARROW, Farnborough

White Hart, Sarah POOL, Orpington

White Lion Inn (& posting), William CROWHURST, Farnborough




ASHLEY William, shopkeeper, Farnborough

ATKINSON Thomas, shoemaker, Orpington

BEST James, butcher, Orpington

BIRD Edward, shopkeeper, Farnborough

CHALKLIN William, bricklayer, Orpington

CLARK Richard, shopkeeper, Chelsfield

FENN George, carpenter, Farnborough

FENN William, shoemaker, Farnborough

FOX John, brewer & maltster, Farnborough

FRENCH Edward, carpenter, Chelsfield

GATES Robert, coach owner, Orpington

GILES Thomas, gardener, Farnborough

GLASSUP Thomas, blacksmith, Orpington

GRAVES Thomas & George, wheelwrights, Chelsfield

GREENSLADE Thomas, tailor, Orpington

GRIIFIN Ann, gardener, Farnborough

GRIIFIN John, market gardener & shopkeeper, Farnborough

GRIFFIN William, gardener, Farnborough

HILLS William, shopkeeper, Chelsfield

JOYNER James, baker, Orpington

JOYNER William, shopkeeper, Orpington

LAMB Joseph, shopkeeper, Farnborough

LASLETT John, bricklayer, Orpington

LEACH William, carpenter, Farnborough

NASH John, shoemaker, Farnborough

NEWMAN William, wheelwright, Orpington

PADDY John, baker, Farnborough

PAIN Edward, shoemaker, Farnborough

RICHARSON Ann, wheelwright, Farnborough

ROCK Lydia, blacksmith, Chelsfield

SALES William, carpenter, Orpington

SPICER Edward, smith, Locks bottom

STAPLES Thomas, shoemaker, Chelsfield

TOMSETT Josiah, butcher, Farnborough

TOWNSEND Peter, collar maker, Orpington

WALTHAM Jno, plumber &c. Orpington

WELLS Edward, shopkeeper, Orpington

WHALE Thomas, wheelwright, Orpington

WHIFFEN Peter, Wheelwright, Farnborough

YALLOP William, tailor, Farnborough

YATES Thomas, bricklayer, Chelsfield




To and from London, Hastings & Tonbridge Wells &c. several Coaches call at the George Inn, Farnborough daily and a Coach calls at Orpington every morning (Sunday excepted), at half past seven.




To London, James MONK, from Orpington every Monday and Friday and Richard DIGGINS & William HARRIS from the New Inn, Farnborough every Tuesday & Friday.


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