The village of Hartley is recorded as Erclei in the Domesday Book of 1086, with a population of 15 families and 3 slaves. The name Hartley means "place in the wood where the deer are". The parish church of All Saints dates from the early 12th century, although it probably replaced an earlier Anglo-Saxon building.
On 28 January 1554, during Wyatt's Rebellion against Queen Mary, a rebel force of about 500 men led by Henry Isley clashed with a similar-sized loyal force led by Lord Abergavenny and Sir Robert Southwell, at Wrotham Hill. After a running battle over about four miles, the rebels made their last stand at Hartley Wood, where they were defeated.
By 1872, there were 47 houses in Hartley with a population of 244. Some local farms specialised in hop growing. A National School was built in the village in 1841. It was rebuilt in 1960 on a new site. The opening nearby of Longfield railway station in 1872 began the evolution of the village from an agricultural to a commuter community. Just before World War I, two agricultural estates were purchased by a property developer and sold off in small plots for new houses and bungalows. Major housing developments at New Ash Green in the 1960s and Wellfield in the 1970s continued the trend.
The parish was part of Axstane Hundred and later Dartford Rural District.
And now to the cache. The answers to the below can all be found on the green where the village sign is.
Behind the deer: 19AB
Add up all the individual numbers under Men of Hartley: CD
Next to yellow smiling face: E (although it's faded a bit now and is very, very light yellow!)
Gladys and Frank: 19F5-199G
H= (bottom number)
Number of letters in surname below WW2 date: J
Number of white trees on bin (one side): K
Number of letters in the longest surname on the war memorial: L
txt KNTATAJD to 84M6N
The cache can be found up a tree at:
N51 23. B-K N+H-G J+M
E0 18. C*F D+E A+L-N
If you take 42 from North and add 35 to East then that may also help you with where to go next.
Don't be put off by the T rating, that just means that you'll need some sort of specialist equipment to reach the cache. If you are lucky you'll find something nearby. But please make sure that you have the ability to put it back as found as well.
If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first at www.villagesignseries.co.uk so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.