LIES the next parish from Bicknor south westward,
in the hundred of Eyhorne, and western division of the
county. It is called in antient records, Houkynnge, and
took its name from its high situation.
HUCKING is a small unfrequented parish, but little
known, lying close to the summit of the chalk hills,
close to which the church stands, with two or three
houses near it, the rest being interspersed over different
parts of it. It lies on high ground, being much exposed to the bleak northern aspect, and joins to that
part of Hollingborne above the hills southward. It
has throughout a woody appearance, from the wide
hedge-rows round the fields, and on the north-west
side the parish joins to a large tract of woodland,
which reaches up almost to the church, the whole of it
is an unpleasant dreary country, the soil of which is
very poor, being chalky, and much covered with flint
stones. The rents of it amount to about 460l. per ann.
THE MANOR of Hollingborne, which was given to
the priory of Christ-church, in Canterbury, in the year
980, claims over this parish; subordinate to which is
the manor of Hucking-court, late the property of the
Rev. John Davis, of Mereworth, whose widow, Mrs.
Anne Davis, sold it to Baldwin Duppa Duppa, esq.
HUCKING, alias RUMPSTED, is a small manor in
this parish, which acquired its latter name from the
antient possessors of it. Sir Edward Rumpsted held it
in the reign of king Edward I. whose descendant, of
the same name, was an eminent man in the reign of
Edward III. How long it remained with them I do
not find; but in the 3d year of Henry VI. it was in
the-possession of Richard Peverell, and in the 25th year
of it, Robert de Poynings died possessed of it, leaving
Alianore, the wife of Sir Henry Percy, his cousin and
next heir, who had thereupon possession granted of
this estate, among the other lands of her inheritance,
and in his father's life-time he succeeded likewise by
this marriage to the baronies of Poynings, Bryan, and
Fitzpain, by the former of which titles he received
summons to parliament.
On his father's death, in the 33d year of that reign,
he succeeded him as earl of Northumberland, and having engaged warmly in defence of Henry VI. was slain
fighting on the king's part, at the battle of Towtonfield, in the 39th year of that reign, being at the time
of his death possessed of this manor.
The next year, being the 1st of Edward IV. and act
of attainder passed against the deceased earl, among
others. After which it became the property of the
Peckhams, with whom it did not remain long, for in
the reign of Henry VII. the title to it was vested in
Henry Vane, esq. whose son Ralph Vane, esq. with the
consent of his wife, conveyed it, in the 31st year of
Henry VIII. to William Taylor, of Romney, son of
John Taylor, of Shadoxhurst, from which name it was
not long afterwards alienated to Edmund atte Wood,
who died in the 5th year of queen Elizabeth, and was
buried in Hollingborne church, in which name it staid
till Richard Wood leaving a sole daughter and heir
Eleanor, she carried this estate in marriage to Thomas
Thompson, and he, with her assent, in the 9th year of
king James, alienated it to another William Taylor,
whose son and heir, in the reign of Charles I. transferred
his interest in it by sale to Mr. John Stringer, of Goudhurst, who gave it to his youngest son Mr. Thomas
Stringer, of that place. His two sons dying s. p. his
daughter Katherine married to William Belcher, of
Rochester, M. D. at length entitled him to this estate.
He was succeeded in it by his eldest son the Rev.
Stringer Belcher, rector of Ulcomb, who died in 1739,
leaving four daughters his coheirs. They possessed this
estate in undivided shares, of these one fourth part, which
was possessed by Benjamin Neale Bayley, esq. in right
of his wife Anne, the eldest daughter and coheir was
alienated by their son to Edward Belcher; esq. of Ulcomb, younger brother of Mr. Stringer Belcher beforementioned, who died possessed of it in 1778, and his
only surviving son Mr. William Belcher, of Ulcomb,
is at this time entitled to the fee of it.
Judith, the second daughter and coheir, on her death
devised her fourth part to her sister Elizabeth Belcher,
and she is now entitled to that, as well as her own fourth
part, being one whole undivided moiety of it; and the
remaining fourth part was carried in marriage by the
other sister Sarah, to the Rev. Joseph Milner, of Aylesford, afterwards D. D. and he, in her right, still conti
nued owner of it at his death in 1784, and by his will
devised it to his widow, who now possesses it.
There are no parochial charities. The poor relieved
constantly are about sixteen; casually six.
HUCKING is within the ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION of the diocese of Canterbury, and deanry of
The church is dedicated to St. Margaret, and is
exempt from the jurisdiction of the archdeacon. It has
always been esteemed as a chapel to the church of
Hollingborne; the vicar of that parish being collated
to the vicarage of the church of Hollingborne, with
the chapel of Hucking annexed. Both together are
of the clear yearly certified value of 70l. 16s. 8d.