The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1800.
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THE HUNDRED OF DOWNHAMFORD
LIES the next south-westward from that of Blengate last-described. It is written in Domesday, in different places, Dunehafort, Donamesford, and Dunamesfort; but in king Edward I.'s reign it was spelt as it is at present. This hundred was part of the antient possessions of the abbey of St. Augustine, and continued so till the dissolution of it anno 30 king Henry VIII. when it came into the hands of the crown, where it remains at this time.
IT CONTAINS WITHIN ITS BOUNDS THE PARISHES OF
5. ADISHAM; and
And the churches of those parishes; and likewise the borough of shourt, in the parish of St. Stephen's, which is under the jurisdiction of the court of Littleborne. Two constables have jurisdiction over it.