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VS#1168 Kevington

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Hidden : 04/02/2017
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Geocache Description:

Another in the Village signs series started by Smokeypugs.

Although situated just a mile to the south-​​east of urban St Mary Cray, Kevington (also spelt Kevingtown) is a rural hamlet, with farms, nurseries and old cottages.

The name may come from Old English words meaning ‘place on a small hill’ or it may have related to a landowner named Cyfa. The Ordnance Survey map of 1876 shows Kevingtown and Kevington as two separate places – the former at the top of the hill, the latter on its western slope – but this could have been the consequence of some carto­graphic confusion.

The manor of Kevington was in the hands of the related Manning and Onslow families from the late Middle Ages to the mid-​​18th century, when Middleton Onslow sold it to Herman Behrens (or Berens), a City merchant from Amsterdam who commis­sioned the construction of Kevington Hall (c.1767–9).

Completed in 1769, the house is – at least in part – the work of Sir Robert Taylor, who was also responsible for Danson House and for the enlargement of the Bank of England. Behrens imported the building materials from around Europe: the red clinker bricks came from Amsterdam, tiles from Heidelberg and marble from Livorno.

Behrens’s descendants held the property until the Second World War, when the government requisi­tioned it to accom­modate Canadian troops. Afterwards, Kent county council used the hall as a primary school until the early 1980s.

Next door to Kevington Hall, Shawcroft special school was designed by Sir Roger Walters of the GLC architects’ department and built in 1974 in a woodland setting.

The hamlet lacks any amenities for residents or visitors and the former Kevington Arms (as it was in the 17th century) is now a house called Blueberry Farm.

You are looking for a magnetic film pot.

If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first at so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

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