Hayes (Kent) History

Hayes (Kent) History

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Prehistoric to Saxon

Palaeolithic (to 8,000BC) The remains of reindeer, mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, horse, hand axes and flints were discovered in the 1880s in a deep pit in...

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John Osteler

Medieval to 1485AD

More written records are available in the medieval period and they reveal that Hayes developed as a small community. Both churches, manorial and legal records...

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Tudor 1485 to 1603

Within the village, there were few changes in the number of houses until towards the end of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. The population may have...

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Stuart 1603 to 1714

By the end of the Stuart period, the development of Ashleys had changed the social structure in Hayes. There were now three important houses and...

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Georgian 1714 to 1837

The most significant arrival in Hayes in Georgian times was William Pitt the Elder who moved to Hayes Place after his marriage to Hester Grenville...

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Victorian 1837 to 1901

The last quarter of the nineteenth century witnessed major changes in the village of Hayes but life throughout the century was affected by the developments...

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1901 to 1921

Situated opposite the church Hayes Place remained at the centre of the village. Its owner Everard Hambro maintained his friendship with King Edward VII and...

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The 1920s and 1930s

The inter-war years were a period that witnessed the increase in the population of Hayes to around 6,500 in 1939. It was the result of...

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