LIES the next parish northward from Eastchurch,
being usually called Warne by the inhabitants and
THE PARISH is situated on the northern side of the
island, the cliffs being the northern boundary of it.
The village, which consists only of two houses, stands
nearly in the centre of it, on high ground, having the
church adjoining to it, near which the lands are mostly
arable. In the south-west part of it, next to Eastchurch, there is a great deal of broom and furze, and
below that, in the vale, much good pasture. On the
south-east part, next to Leysdown, there is a deep
watry vale, of near a mile in width, a part of which is
salt-marsh, being overflowed at high water; across
which is the high road from Warden to Leysdown.
THE PARAMOUNT MANOR of Milton claims over
this parish, subordinate to which is the MANOR OF
WARDEN, which, in the reign of king Edward I. was
in the possession of the family of Savage, of Bobbing,
in this neighbourhood, one of which, John le Sauvage,
obtained a charter of free-warren for his lands here,
among others, in the 23d year of that reign.
In the 49th year of Edward III. Sir Richard atte
Lese was in the possession of it, and by his will anno
18 Richard II. devised it to Dionisia his wife, and after
her decease to Lucy Norton his niece, then the wife
of John Norton, who was afterwards, in his wife's
right, of Lees-court, in Sheldwich.
Their son William Norton, esq. of Sheldwich, left
two sons, Reginald, from whom the Nortons, of
Northwood were descended, and Richard, who inherited this manor by his father's will, in 1468, (fn. 1) and
was ancestor to those of Fordwich, in whose descendants it continued down to Valentine Norton, gent.
of Fordwich, who in the reign of king Charles I. alieenated it to Edmund Tooke, of Dartford, the fourth
son of George Tooke, esq. of Bere-court, near Dover;
how long it continued in his descendants, I cannot
learn, but that after some intermediate owners, it was
sold to Sir Thomas Stevens, high sheriff of Surry in
1727, in which year he was knighted. He afterwards
resided at Eltham, in this county, where he died
in 1738, leaving one son Thomas, and a daughter
Sarah, married that year to James West, esq. of Lincoln's-inn.
Thomas Stevens, esq. succeeded his father in this
manor, among the left of his estates, and died s. p.
in 1759, on which it devolved to his sister and heirat-law, whose husband, James West, esq. in her right,
became possessed of it. He was descended from a
younger son of Thomas, lord De la War, who in the
reign of Henry VIII. was a man of great note, and a
knight of the garter, and was of Alscot, in Warwickshire, esq. He was recorder of St. Alban's, secretary
to the treasury, and fellow of the royal and antiquarian societies, and bore for his arms those of the lord
Delaware, his ancestor, Argent, a fess dancette, sable, (fn. 2)
He afterwards passed this manor away by sale to John
Sawbridge, esq. of Ollantigh, in this county, afterwards an alderman and lord-mayor of London, who
died possessed of it in 1795, and his son Samuel-Elias
Sawbridge, esq. now of Ollantigh, is the present
owner of it. There is not any court held for this
Mr. Sawbridge is owner of this whole parish, except
one tenement, and six acres of land belonging to it.
Stephen Oxborne, by will in 1581, gave a sum of money
to the parishes of Eastchurch and Leysdown, with which a house
and land was purchased, as has been already more particularly
mentioned before under the former of those parishes, 8s. out of
the yearly produce of which, by the directions of the will, is
paid to the use of the poor of this parish.
The number of poor relieved annually is only one, and casually the same.
WARDEN is within the ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION of the diocese of Canterbury, and deanry of
The church, which consists of one isle and a chancel, with a small turret at the west end, is a poor mean
plaistered building. It is dedicated to St. James, and
was for may years in a dilapidated state, insomuch
that there had not been any divine service performed
in it, except on the induction of a rector, for a long
time, the parishioners, usually reforming to the adjoining
church of Leysdown for that purpose; but it has been,
some years since, put into some kind of repair, and
made but hardly sit for divine service; though the
whole building seems to decayed by length of time, that
it cannot stand many years.
This church was part of the antient possessions of the
crown, and continued so till king Henry III. by his
charter, in his 19th year, granted it to the hospital of
St. Mary, commonly called the Maison Dieu, in Dover, and the brethern there, for ever, in free, pure and
perpetual alms, which gift was confirmed by Henry VI.
in his 2d year, by his charter of inspeximus; before
which this hospital was possessed of a manor and lands
in this parish, by the benefaction of Simon de Wardune, who had given to it his whole messuage and park
adjoining to it, and one hundred acres of land in the
fields of Wardune, with the homage, suits and services,
due to him from several persons, as mentioned in his
deed of it, which gift was confirmed by king Henry III.
in his 12th year, and afterwards by Henry VI. in his
2d year, when he confirmed likewise this church to it,
by his charter of inspeximus. (fn. 3)
This church remained with the hospital till the dissolution of it in the reign of Henry VIII. when it was
surrendered, with all its possessions, into the king's hands.
After which this church was granted to Sir Thomas
Cheney, knight of the garter, &c. whose son Henry,
lord Cheney in the reign of queen Elizabeth, exchanged
it with the crown for other lands, and the queen soon
afterwards granted it to Sir Thomas Hoby, of Bisham,
whose son Sir Edward Hoby gave it by his will to his
son Peregrine Hoby, esq. who was possessed of it in the
latter end of the reign of Charles I.
In the reign of king William III. it was in the possession of Godfrey Meynel, esq. and afterwards of
Francis Hosier, esq. vice-admiral of the white, who
died in 1727, on which it came to his widow, Mrs.
Diana Hosier, and afterwards to their daughter Frances. Diana Hosier, who married Richard Hart, and
he died possessed of the patronage of this rectory in
1761, leaving three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth, and
Diana Hosier Hart, his coheirs, who are now entitled to it.
The church of Warden is a discharged living in
the king's books, of the clear yearly certified value
of forty-five pounds, the yearly tenths of it being
9s. 6¼d. which were formerly paid to the crown
In 1578, the communicants here were twenty; in
1640 they were only sixteen, and the yearly value of it
Church of Warden.
|Or by whom presented.|
|James Barnard, June 20, 1595.
|Peregrine Hoby, gent.||Osmund Clutting, A.B. Oct. 31,
|John edes, May 19, 1640.|
|The King, by lapse||John Tudor, clerk, March 16,
1674. obt. 1689. (fn. 4) |
|Godfrey Meynel, esq||Robert Eaton, clerk, July 2,
1689, obt. 1702. (fn. 4) |
|The Archbishop||John Cumberland, A.B. Jan.
1, 1703, obt. January 17,
1731. (fn. 4) |
|Joseph Adshead and John Sackfield||William Owens, July 31, 1731,
obt. June 2, 1732. (fn. 4) |
|John Burdus, gent.||John Fetherston, July 18, 1732,
resigned 1734. (fn. 5) |
|Diana, widow of Fr. Hoster, esq.||John Woodross, A.M. Sept. 26,
1734, resigned 1735.|
|Gilbert Allenson, A.B. Nov. 26,
|The King, by lapse.||John Kirby, June 21, 1776.|
|John Rice, 1783, the present