Biddenden, Kent
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Biddenden, Kent, England

Culpeper Manors and Lands in Biddenden

Ann Aucher Culpeper 1532 will: "All my manors and lands in Newenden, Rowynden and Biddenden to certain trustees to hold them to the use of my sone Wyllm and his heirs."

The specific identity and location of the Biddenden property has not yet been identified by Culpepper Connections.

All Saints Church, Biddenden, Kent, March 2000All Saints Church, Biddenden

No research has yet been done to determine the presence of Culpepers in this church.

Location: On High Street  (A262) in the middle of Biddenden
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 849 384

Photograph by Warren Culpepper, March 2000.

Biddenden, Kent

Quite apart from the physical attractions of its architecture and picturesque High Street - crammed with pubs, restaurants and antique shops housed in half-timbered buildings - there is something else here that has assured the village of a permanent place in the history books. Way back around the beginning of the 12th century, to of its most famous residents were born. These were the "Biddenden Maids", Eliza and Mary Chalkhurst, who were Siamese twins joined at the hips. Rare enough today, the presence of Siamese twins in a medieval community was an occurrence of unheralded novelty.

Source: Sean Connolly, Hidden Places of Kent, 1998, page 126

1831 Topographical Dictionary
Biddenden, a parish in the hundred of Barclay, lathe of Scray, county of Kent, 5 miles NE from Cranbrooke, containing 1544 inhabitants... The church is dedicated to All Saints. 

Location: At the end of the A274 at the junction with the A262, 8 miles E of Goudhurst and 13 miles SE of Maidstone.
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 848 384

Last Revised: 02 Jan 2015

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