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Birling village sign

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birling like this:

BIRLING, or Byrling, a parish in Malling district, Kent; adjacent to the river Medway, 2¾ miles WSW of Snodland r. station, and 6 NW of Maidstone. It has a post office under Maidstone. Acres, 1,883. Real property, £3,277. Pop., 662. Houses, 111. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged formerly to the Mainmots, the Says, and the Nevilles; and belongs now to the Earl of Abergavenny. Comfort, now a farmhouse, and Birling-place, now represented only by a fragment, were seats of the Nevilles. A range of chalk heights, called Birling Hills, occupies the W. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £158. Patron, the Earl of Abergavenny. The church is perpendicular English, in good condition; and contains the remains, but no monuments, of some of the Nevilles.


Originally part of the possessions of Odo, Bishop of Baieux, half brother of William the Conqueror, the manor of Birling came to the Nevill’s in 1435 when Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Worcester married Sir Edward Nevill and the estate has remained in the family since then.

At one time a Tudor deer park, the estate evolved and more recently has been managed as a traditional rural estate with farming, forestry, commercial and residential property.

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