If the maps of 1868 and 1907 (as can be seen in Tonbridge Library, Avebury Avenue) are compared it can be seen that only on the later map, for example, do Hilden Park, Church Road and Mount Pleasant appear, but all with only few houses. Nevertheless the Village was quite small at the beginning of the 20th Century and dominated by large houses and land holdings which were split up around the time of The Great War. It expanded before the Second World War and considerably post-war, especially in the late 1950s as did Tonbridge itself. Of recent years there has only been comparatively limited infill and buildings on the sites of the disused hospitals and schools. The countryside surrounding the built up area is part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. At one time a good part of the land grew hops but in recent years this has stopped and agricultural activity is generally at a low key.
There is a bibliography and other additional data and links can be found on Wikipedia.
An historical bibliography – many of these books and papers can be found in Hildenborough Library for details of services, while Tonbridge Library has a collection of press cuttings and publications.
The Parish Registers are held at County Hall (Centre for Kentish Studies, Sessions House, Maidstone ME14 1XQ – phone 01622 694363) but the Church has an analysis of burials.
A Church guide of St John’s Hildenborough, you can view it on this site.
This is Hildenborough from A-Z by the Parish Council in 1994 and revised, amended and retitled in 2007, you can view it on this website, printed copies are available from the Parish Clerk priced at £9.50.
Hildenborough Parish Magazines (those since 1893 are held in the Diocesan Archive at County Hall)
‘History of Christianity in Tonbridge and Hildenborough’ by TOUCH 2000 (Tonbridge United Churches)
‘History of Kent’ by Hasted (Volume 5) which can be viewed on this website
‘Leigh in Kent 1550-1900’ by Lawrence Biddle
‘Princess Christian’s Hospital’ by Mrs M K Hume & R Cooper dated 1981’ this history of Princess Christian’s (now known as Hildenbrook Farm) can be found on this site.
‘St John the Evangelist 1844-1944’ issued by the Parochial Church Council in 1944, this actually covers both the church and Hildenborough Church of England Primary School, you can view it on this site.
‘Sevenoaks Essays’ by G Ward
‘Stories & Memories of Hildenborough Vicarage’ by May Chaplin
‘The Battle of Britain, Then and Now’, published by Battle of Britain Prints International
‘The Book of Tonbridge’ by Frank Chapman 1976
‘The Kent Cyclist Battalion’ by Cyril Bristow
‘The Story of the first Foxbush now called Little Foxbush’ by Alice May Chaplin
Wartime Memories from various contributors, you can viewed it on this site.
‘Yesterday’s Tonbridge’ by Frank Chapman
While ‘Bygone Kent’ magazine has had several Hildenborough articles including that on ‘The Old Barn Teahouse’ by Gordon Church. You can view it on this site.
The Parish Council is anxious that the information on this site is accurate. If you find an error please email us.