Hayes (Kent) History

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Hayes (Kent) History

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LEGGE, Geoffrey Bevington

LEGGE, Geoffrey Bevington 26 January 1903 – 21 November 1940 At the age of ten in 1913 Geoffrey Legge moved with his parents Henry and Edith to the Nest in Hayes. After the First World War, he joined his father in his firm originally established as paper manufacturing agents. He continued to live with his […]

Hayes Grove

Hayes Grove Hayes Grove, Prestons Road Nationally Listed Grade II Built about 1730 The listing for Hayes Grove in 1955 describes it as an 18th century house of red brick with the following features: Stringcourse cornice and Parapet.  Segmental-headed windows with glazing bars intact.  Consists of a centre and 2 projecting wings.  Pilasters flank each […]

SCOTT, Stephen

SCOTT, StephenOctober 1578 – 25 June 1658Gentleman Pensioner to Charles 1, sheriff of Kent 1647 Sir Stephen Scott’s arms on his ledger stone in Hayes Parish Church Stephen Scott first leased Hayes Place from the heirs of Robert Hall. He then bought it in 1624 with his brother Edmund who left his half to Stephen […]


Edward Wilson (State Library of Victoria) WILSON, Edward 1814 -10 January 1878Australian Newspaper Proprietor and Philanthropist Edward Wilson emigrated to Australia in 1842 and in 1847 bought the Melbourne Argus.  When his eyesight started to fade he returned to England and leased Hayes Place and about 300 acres of land. He was always keen to try […]

TRAILL, Williamina and family

TRAILL, Williamina22 July 1785 – 9 August 1862Proprietor & botanist Williamina Traill came to Hayes Place with the Dehany family in 1798 and died there in 1862. On Miss Mary Dehany’s death in 1832 Williamina was left all her property. She chose to waive her rights to the West Indian estates but to accept Hayes […]

DEHANY, Philip

DEHANY, Philipabout 1734 – 27 Oct 1809Member of the Committee who revised the Laws of Cricket 1774 Philip Dehany bought Hayes Place in !798 and shared his time between Hayes and his house in London, 63 Upper Seymour Street, which he continued to visit.  He moved to Hayes Place with his wife Margaret, daughter Mary […]

LEGGE, George, Lord Lewisham

Lord Lewisham (Kadwell Portfolio, Bromley Historic Collections) LEGGE George, Lord (Viscount) Lewisham3 October 1755 – 10 Nov 18103rd Earl of Dartmouth 1801, Fellow of the Royal Society 1781, Lord Lewisham moved to Hayes with his wife Frances and five children under 5 years old. In May 1789 He took out loans to purchase Hayes Place […]


HARRISON John,died 1713citizen and felt maker John Harrison bought Hayes Place and its estate from Sir Stephen Scott in 1695.  He died in 1713 and left the property to his wife Sarah and on her death to his son Joseph.  Another son John, a soap maker, with his mother Sarah, took out a mortgage on […]

BOND, James

BOND, James11 June 1744 – 2 June 1820!st Baronet Bond of Coolamber, County Longford 1794 James Bond purchased Hayes Place in 1785.  According to Hasted he had lately arrived from the East Indies and became a high sheriff of Kent in 1788.  When he arrived in 1785 with his wife Anne he had five children […]

HALL, Robert

Before 1550 – 1618 Citizen and Grocer of London Robert Hall, a wealthy London grocer, had a significant influence on the development of Hayes in the late 16th century. Buying a number of properties and land. Apprenticed to a grocer in 1559, he was admitted to the livery of the Grocers’ Company in 1582 and […]