Crockham Hill

 

B2026

Mile post, plain iron

Crockham Hill

A rag stone village Crockham Hill is probably the village in the valley with the most rag stone buildings.  The village, high on the Greensand ridge, has superb views across the Weald and is a good starting point for walks in the surrounding countryside.  On the Greensand ridge has many buildings of locally quarried ragstone.

Crockham Hill became a little Edwardian literary colony – all Fabians and Russian émigrés.  Edward Garnett, Henry Salt, Ford Madox Ford, E.R.Pease, Stephen Crane, E.V.Lucas and so on.

There is a pleasant little green, part-orchard, in the centre of the village, dedicated to Octavia Hill.

Heath House.  Tall, gables

Holy Trinity, 1842.  Parish only formed 1845.  Built of local sandstone.

Octavia Hill buried there, NT founder, 1895.  Built by a warden of Squerries 'recently'

Cottage inhabited by Lucas a Lamb specialist sold to a US Quaker poet

In 1596 8 acres of ground sank for nearly two weeks

Lewins. Same style with gables

Church Lane

Holy Trinity church, which Charles Warde commissioned in 1842.  He was the squire of Squerryes Court.  . All the blocks were cut to size and dressed in the yard. Marble effigy of Octavia Hill next to the altar.  To celebrate the centenary of National Trust in 1995, a stained glass window desk; by Alfred Fisher has been installed to commemorate her life and work.  Church Nestles into the hillside and has beautiful views from the churchyard. Pause to look at the fine Workmanship on the church with its evenly cut and dressed slabs of stone.

The stone mason who built the church lived at Churchgate Cottages,

Churchyard Octavia Hill, founder member of the National Trust and pioneering social reformer, chose to spend her later years in Crockham Hill.  She is buried in the churchyard.  Octavia Hill, her grave is second to the right under the branches of a yew tree.

Main Road

Chequers Inn

Pootings Road

Westerham Brewery Co. set up by Robert Wickes in 2004. He gave up a City job to do it with Canadian equipment. It is in an old dairy and uses the same water supply as the defunct Black Eagle Brewery used. Black Eagle Was taken over by Ind Coope in 1959 and closed in 1965.W. Churchill and Biggin Hill air aces liked it.  Their yeast strains were taken to the National Collection of Yeast Cultures and are being used by this new lot.

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