Hartley Hill, which links Church Road and Hartley Bottom Road, is one Hartley's ancient roads. It appears on the first map of Hartley in 1769, but was also mentioned as the "king's highway" in a 1633 deed as the highway from Hartley to Ash. This was because it was once a longer road which continued from Hartley Hill Cottage to New Ash Green. It's current shortened state dates from just after the war.
Map of Hartley showing Hartley Hill, 1769
On the northern side at the top is Hartley Hill Cottage. Next are a collection of fields which once was one large field called East Eolly - mentioned as Eyleye in a survey of the lands of the manor in 1392. At the foot of the road is Bridelands Wood and finally, Hartley Bottom Farm. Bridelands was also mentioned as Brydone in the 1392 Manor Survey.
There are a few houses on the southern side - Gossey Croft, Long View and Hillside. Gossey Croft commemorates the field of that name, first mentioned in 1609 as being part of land owned by William Kipps. At the foot of the hill is the former Hartley Car Breakers (in Ash parish), it looks like the site will eventually be used for one large house. The car breakers began as Baldwin's Motor and Trailer Works in about 1972, and the site is still called Baldwin's Yard. There have been attempts to build other houses here, most notably in 1961 when the council refused an application to build 15 houses at Hillside.
It appears the road was first tarmaced in 1927.
Hartley Hill: (L) Longview (R) looking north from road towards Foxborough Wood.
Hartley Hill: (L) Bridelands Wood) (R) Former Hartley Car Breakers
Statistics about the road
Length of road
0.33 miles / 530 metres
Companies Registered (2013)
Information about the road
Date of Construction is sometimes approximate. Plot histories include the ancient farms and fields.
(1) Planning Permissions include the reference number, so more details can be seen at Sevenoaks Council. My records are not complete and I have not included refused or withdrawn applications.
(2) Rateable value - I not transcribed this for these roads so far.
(3) Council tax is based on what the Valuation Office thought the property would have sold for in 1993. It is divided into 8 value bands.
I have tried to make sure the information is accurate, but no responsibility can be taken for any errors. If you plan to rely on the information, you should check the source data to be sure. If you spot an error, please let me know via the contact form.
Gossy Croft, Hartley Hill, DA3 8LL Built: 1923
(1) Property Type: Chalet bungalow
(1) Plot History: (as to majority) Part of Gossy Croft (3½ acres) (1609)
(1) Plot History: (as to north-eastern part) Part of 2 acre unnamed field (1844)