Place:Bearsted, Kent, England

Alt namesBerstedsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.2736°N 0.5816°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMaidstone Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Maidstone (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

NOTE: There is also a place named Brasted near Sevenoaks in Kent.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bearsted is a village and civil parish with railway station in mid-Kent, two miles (3.2 km) east of Maidstone town centre.

The village was historically concentrated around Church Lane and The Green which includes The Street. The village is on the north bank of the river Len, a tributary of the River Medway at the foot of the North Downs. A stream, the Lilk, flows south into the river Len through Bearsted.

Although part of the growing conurbation of Maidstone, the centre of Bearsted retains a traditional village look with 59 listed properties, many surrounding the village green. The parish of Bearsted has a population of 8010 (2001 figure).

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bearsted from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BEARSTED, or Bersted, a parish in Maidstone [registration] district, Kent; on a tributary of the Medway river, 2½ miles E by S of Maidstone [railway] station. It has a post office under Maidstone. Acres: 610. Real property: £2,636. Population: 638. Houses: 132. The property is divided among a few. Some lands here were held by the Bertie family before the reign of Henry II. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £191. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is perpendicular English; and has a tower with three rude figures, said to refer to the name Bearsted. There is a large national school."

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