Horsmonden Timeline

Significant events in Horsmonden’s history

The following events have been chosen as being relevant in Horsmonden’s history.

DATE
EVENT
PERIOD
1066
NORMAN
1154
PALANTAGENETS
1200
1260
Work starts on St. Margaret’s Church
1300
1311
Henry de Grofhurst becomes second rector of St. Margaret’s. He remains so until 1361
1349
The Black Death
1361
Henry de Grofhurst dies
1380
Richard, Lord Poynings marries Isabel, the daughter and heiress of Robert, Lord Fitzpayne. It was in perhaps celebration of this that St. Margaret’s tower was built
1399
LANCASTRIANS
1400
1455
Bishop summons everyone ‘resident in the Parish or an outsider, holding land or possesion in the Parish’ to a meeting concerning the repair of the south side of St. Margaret’s
1461
YORKISTS
1462
John Bobbe becomes Rector. He remains so until 1484
1485
TUDORS
1500
1514
Thomas Bartell listed as owning the foundry at Furnace Pond
1558
TUDORS
ELIZABETHAN
1561
Rood screens in St. Margaret’s destroyed due to law by Elizabeth I
1600
1603
STUARTS
JACOBEAN
1605
April 7th: Simon Willard (founder of the City of Concord, Massachusetts) was baptised
November 5th: Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot
1615
John Browne becomes the first holder of the post of King’s Gunfounder
1619
John Browne is said to employ 200 people in and around his Furnace Pond foundry
1641
English Civil War 1641-1651
1649
30 January: King Charles I beheaded
COMMONWEALTH
1651
June 8th: John Browne dies
1660
STUARTS
RESTORATION
1673
Stephen Bate becomes Rector
1685
Horsmonden Foundry closes
1700
Stephen Bate raises £1,000 for repairs the north side, aisle, vestry and chancel doorway of St. Margaret’s
1702
STUARTS
ANNE
1714
HANOVERIAN
GEORGIAN
1724
William Hassell become Rector
1785
Dr. James Marriott become Rector
1800
1805
October 21st: The Battle of Trafalgar
1810
HANOVERIAN
REGENCY
1818
December 18th: William Moon, developer of the Moon System of reading by touch and pioneer of blind welfare is born in Horsmonden. More…
1823
John Read, inventor of the stomach pump, shows his contraption to the Royal Society
1835
Henry Foord founds the Horsmonden Benefit Society
1837
HANOVERIAN
VICTORIAN
1845
William Moon develops the Moon System of reading by touch. More…
1847
John Read dies
1855
Heath House School is founded
1860
John Francis Austin builds Capel Manor
1861
Fuggle Hops discovered: Seedling found in the hop yard of George Stace at Horsmonden and introduced by Richard Fuggle of Benchley in 1875
1867
Hugh Marriott becomes Rector
Restoration of St. Margaret’s Church
1890
“Heathleigh” school for girls is founded
1892
September 12th: Cranbrook & Paddock Wood Line (Hawkhurst Branch Line) opens
1894
William Moon dies.
1898
May 28th: Rudyard Kipling contribution to Horsmonden School Budget containing six ‘Hints on Schoolboy Etiquette’ published.
1900
1901
EDWARDIAN
1910
WINDSOR
1921
Simon Willard’s descendants donate a new stained glass window for the west end of St. Margaret’s
1939
September 1st: A group of evacuees arrived in Horsmonden from the Burrage Grove School in Woolwich
1940
August 18th: Battle of Britain ace F/L Bob Stanford Tuck’s Spitfire I (N3040) crashes near Sprivers. See fragments at the Highwayman.
1944
Feb 11th: USAF Flying Fortress B-17 42-39810 Big-A Bird 358BS (VK-E) crash lands at August Pitts farm with one fatality.

July 3rd: While on V-1 patrol, F/L William Lister (Dusty) Miller parachutes into a Horsmonden farm after ditching his Hawker Tempest V (SA-Z) fragments of which are displayed in a local museum.

A V-1 flying bomb lands in north east side of St. Margaret’s churchyard destroying all the windows on that side

1946
Rosemary Everett nee Smith-Marriott designs and installs a new stained glass east window in St. Margaret’s church
1948
Rosemary Everett nee Smith-Marriott designs and installs a new stained glass west window in St. Margaret’s church
1955
The ring of six bells at St. Margaret’s is increased to eight
1961
June 10th: Cranbrook & Paddock Wood Line (Hawkhurst Branch Line) closes
1966
Capel Manor is demolished
1967
Anthony Cronk publishes “St. Margret’s Church, Horsmonden”
1970 Closure of All Saint’s, Maidstone Road, as Chapel of Rest
1971 Feb: David Morgan retires as leader of 30-strong choir
1975
Anthony Cronk publishes “A Wealden Rector”
1987 Oct: The Great Storm
1998
A tenor bell, known as the “Willard Bell” is installed in St. Margaret’s

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