Place:Riverhead, Kent, England

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NameRiverhead
TypeVillage, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates51.283°N 0.183°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoSevenoaks, Kent, Englandtown of which it is a suburb
Sevenoaks Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Sevenoaks (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Riverhead is a northern village part of the urban area of Sevenoaks in the district of the same name in Kent, England. It is a civil parish in its own right with a population of over 1,821 in the UK census of 2001.

The parish stretches from Chipstead Lake and the River Darent in the north through the hamlet of Dibden and A21 to Mill Bank Wood in the south.

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Riverhead was a civil parish in Sevenoaks Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Sevenoaks non-metropolitan district.

History

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The origin of the name of the village may lie in the Saxon word "rither" meaning hill, or deriving from the word meaning "cattle landing place". Riverhead was an early settlement, part of the Codsheath Hundred. The settlement grew in size during Saxon times as traffic on the pilgrim routes between Canterbury and Winchester increased. The prosperity of the village during Georgian times is indicated by the high proportion of households that had to pay Hearth Tax on their properties, and although the village was of modest size, it was surrounded by several major country estates such as Chipstead Place, Bradbourne and Montreal.

Riverhead had a variety of country industries typical of the area, including a tannery, a timber yard, smithies and the posting house. The economy was based mainly on agriculture, along with some gravel and sand quarrying to the north east of the village that created the lakes around Bradbourne.

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