Place:Wootton, Kent, England

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NameWootton
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.175°N 1.18°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoDover Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1963
Denton with Wootton, Kent, Englandcivil parish into which it merged in 1963
Dover (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Wootton is a village near Dover in Kent, England. It was the birthplace of the mathematician and surveyor Leonard Digges who some claim invented a functioning telescope sometime between 1540 and 1559.

Wootton was a civil parish in Dover Rural District from 1894 until 1963 when it merged with Denton to become Denton with Wootton. Since 1974 the area has been part of the Dover non-metropolitan District. Wootton was enlarged in 1934 when it absorbed parts of Swingfield, Lydden and Barham parishes.

A nineteenth century description

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

"WOOTTON, a parish in Dover district, Kent; 2½ miles WSW of Shepherds-Well [railway] station, and 7 NW of Dover. It has a post-office under Canterbury. Acres: 1,019. Real property: £1,370. Population: 163. Houses: 29. The manor, with [Wootton] Court, belongs to J. Brydges, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £260. Patron: J. Brydges, Esq. The church is early English."

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