Boughton Malherbe

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Boughton Malherbe
Boughton Malherbe is located in Kent
Boughton Malherbe
Boughton Malherbe
Location within Kent
Population476 (2011 Census)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaidstone
Postcode districtME17
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°12′51″N 0°41′35″E / 51.214050°N 0.693040°E / 51.214050; 0.693040Coordinates: 51°12′51″N 0°41′35″E / 51.214050°N 0.693040°E / 51.214050; 0.693040

Boughton Malherbe (/ˈbɔːtən ˈmælərbi/ BAW-tən MAL-ər-bee) is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone district of Kent, England, equidistant between Maidstone and Ashford. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 428, including Sandway and Grafty Green, increasing to 476 at the 2011 Census.[1]


In August 2011 a hoard of more than 350 bronze weapons, tools, ornaments and other objects dating to the late Bronze Age was found in a field at Boughton Malherbe by two metal detectorists. The objects are of types that are unusual in southern Britain, but are common in northern and north-west France and therefore it is thought that the objects were made in France and later brought to southern Britain where they were subsequently buried in about 875–800 BC.[2]

The manor of Boughton Malherbe is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury. By the reign of King John, it was held by the de Malherb family and then passed by inheritance and marriage to the Wotton family, including the Tudor courtier Sir Edward Wotton. [3]

Boughton Place, a 16th-century manor house, was home to Sir Henry Wotton and other members of the Wotton family and was later owned by the Earls of Chesterfield and the Earls Cornwallis. Many of the Wottons are buried in the Church of St Nicholas, including Lady Katherine Wotton and her husbands, Lord Stanhope (d.1634) and Daniel O'Neill (d.1664), an Irish army officer, politician and courtier.[4]

Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston (1851–1926) who was a Home Secretary, lived at Chilston Park, and has a memorial stone dedicated to him in the village church.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Huge hoard of Bronze Age finds from Boughton Malherbe area discovered". Portable Antiquities Scheme. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  3. ^ Hasted, Edward. "Parishes: Boughton Malherbe Pages 397-415 The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1798". British History Online. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  4. ^ Jerrold I. Casway, "O'Neill, Daniel (c. 1612–1664)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004 Retrieved 25 October 2017. Pay-walled.
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