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Hextable

Hextable

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Descrizione Hextable is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. It lies 2 miles north of Swanley and 4 miles south of Dartford.HistoryThe origin of the village name goes back to Saxon times.Its first documented appearance is in 1203 when the land is referred to as Hagestaple. Staple is from the Old English (O.E.) word "stapol," or boundary post. This makes perfect sense as the land was on the boundary of the Saxon settlements of Dartford, Bromley and Sutton at Hone. The word Hage is less clear. One theory is that it is descended from the O.E. word for high: "Hey." But the land on the Birchwood side of Hextable, where the post would have been, is not high, at least compared with nearby Rowhill and Swanley Village, and it is hard to see how Hage would have derived from Hey. The O.E. word "hage" meant a hedge, an enclosure or hawthorn, any of which could have been a means of uniquely delineating the boundary post in some way. The means by which Hagestaple became Hextable is in contrast well-documented: 13th century Hagestaple (1203 Roll of Rents) 14th century Hegestaple (1315 Bill of Sale of Highlands Manor of which Hegestaple was a part) 18th century Hackstaple (Various maps, including Hasted's History of Kent) 19th century Hackstable (1868 Ordnance Survey Map) 20th century Hextable (1895 OS map and many other documents). The village grew up in late Victorian times with the selling off of Hextable Farm in 1870 (prior to this there were only three houses on the land that now comprises the village). It was originally set up as an area for the well-to-do to live in fine villas. Many of these villas are still standing, although two, Southbank and Newbank in College Road, were recently demolished to make way for flats and townhouses. The village's to-date most famous resident, Arthur Mee, known for the Children's Encyclopedia, lived in one such villa, St David's. His most famous utterance on his home village was the withering, although a little inaccura