[it shows that in the past Hartley Bottom Road was a significant thoroughfare for those travelling from mid to north Kent.]
Any person by enquiring of Thomas Allen of Southfleet aforesaid, may be shewn the whole farm, and by writing to Mr William Greaves of Repton near Derby, may treat for them."
[Hartley Court at this time was split into 2 holdings that were rented out separately. This advert does not include the house at Hartley Court.]
[Case held over until the next assizes, but accused were charged with other robberies in Longfield too - Kentish Gazette 22 March 1777. Evenually they were cleared by the Grand Jury - Kentish Gazette 26 July 1777), the Ashdowns were a Hartley family]
Though another man has profited by the public favour, for having been the first who visited our variable atmosphere, Mr Blanchard is by far the most expert and accomplished aerial traveller we have seen in England. Besides an exquisite mechanic, he is the inventor of that species of oars or wings, which alon3 have hitherto found of any material utility. He is sufficiently a philosopher to know the use of a thermometer, barometer, compass etc, which another traveller it seems forgot. We should not have hnted at these points of comparison, if Mr Blanchard's merit had been properly distinguished.
The whole neighbourhood of Grosvenor Square was astonishingly crowded by the best and worst company of the land. We are glad to find the Prince of Wales loses no opportunity of countenancing these scientific attempts. Knowledge is friendly to both public and private; and is the best instrument to rescue a young man from bad company and bad counsels.
Soon after Mr Blanchard's balloon was launched, two small balloons were let off, which ascended perpendicularly with great velocity. They passed the large balloon, which at that time was going almost horizontally, and thereby proved that the large balloon was not under the influence of the wind, but under that of Mr Blanchard himself who was guiding it.
About three o'clock the balloon passed over the city, in an eastern direction. Several reports were circulated last night of its descent; but none were authentic where this paper went to press.
The weather being hazy, prevented the inhabitants of the city having a distinct view of the balloon while it was passing over the metropolis. When the balloon was at a considerable height, the exercise of the oars was plainly perceived, which seemed evidently to accelerate Mr Blanchard's motion. He expressed a determination to let the balloon take as far a course as possible, while he had a ray of light to guide him. He was provided with sufficient refreshments, instruments for observations, and defences against the cold and inclemency which he expected to experience.
This day at a quarter past two o'clock Mr Blanchard returned in a post-chaise and four, from Dartford in Kent, where he landed from his balloon yesterday about dusk.
[This has clearly been copied from another paper as the balloon flight acutally took place on 30 November 1784. He landed at Ingress Abbey. The same paper of 21 April 1785 has a short comment from Mr Jefferies.]
[Lawrence Holker owned Blue House Farm, Church Road, Hartley - now Mintmakers]
The following freehold estates, situate in the parishes of Ridley and Hartley, about 20 miles from London, 6 from Dartford and 4 from the turnpike road leading from London to Rochester, let on leases which will shortly expire, at very low old rents of £350, but of nearly the annual value of double that sum.
Lot 1 - A freehold estate, consisting of the manor of Ridley, with Court Leet and Court Baron, quitrents, fines and royalties; plentifully stocked with game, excellent farm house with ouhouses etc, and 504 acres of rich arable, meadow, pasture, hop and woodland; compact within aring fence, let to Mr James Wimson, on lease for 21 years, which will expire at Michaelmas next, at a low rent of £200. Also the Rectory of the parish, of the annual value of £126 subject to the life of the present incumbent, aged between 50 and 60 years.
Lot 2 A desirable freehold estate, consisting of the Manor of Hartley Court, with quit rents etc, an elegant new built house, with suitable offices, and 404 acres of rich arable, meadow, pasture, hop and woodland, compact within a ring fence, let on lease for 21 years, 3 of which will be unexpired at Michaelmas next, at a low old rent of £150, capable of considerable improvements.
The tenants will shew the estate, and printed particulars will be ready by the 1st of March, and may be had of the printers of the Canterbury, Maidstone and Lewes papers, of Mr Charles Willord, Sevenoaks, of Mr Williams of Dartford, the Rainbow Coffee House, Cornhill, and in Pall Mall where a plan may be seen."
[Their children ultimately inherited Blue House Farm in Hartley.]
A freehold estate; consisting of a house, barn, stable, and other suitable outbuildings, and about 135 acres of arable, pasture and woodland, of which 55 acres of thereabouts are wood, situate at Speedgate, in the several parishes of Farningham, Horton Kirby, and Fawkham in the county of Kent, late in the occupation of Mr William Staines, deceased..... [Also leasehold Charton Farm in Farningham on "the great road from London to Maidstone"].. Further details may be had by applying to Mr Staines, Dandelion, Margate; Mr Thomas Fuller, Farmingham, or Mr John Williams, Dartford."
The valuable advowson and next presentation to the rectory of Hartley, situate 5 miles from Northfleet and Southfleet, 6 from Greenhithe, and within 10 miles of Rochester. A beautiful, fine, healthy part of the county of Kent, comprising the great and small tithes of the parish, containing about 1,200 acres of excellent land, with the parsonage house and offices, 9 acres of glebe land, tithe barn, and proper buildings, the income about £220 per annum. The present incumbent aged 45 years.....
[An advowson of a church is a right to appoint the next vicar. They still exist today but the rights are much more limited. Now if a new rector is not appointed within a fixed time, the right goes to the local bishop which is what happened here. Hartley Church advowson now belongs to the Bishop of Rochester. As it turned out the buyer had a long time to wait to exercise the power as Rev Bradley, the rector in 1796 continued here for another 30 years]
An eligible and improveable freehold estate, comprising Pennis Farm, situate in the parishes of Fawkham, Ash, Hartley and Longfield, 20 miles from London and 3 from Farningham, in the county of Kent, with a spacious residence, offices, barns, stabling and out-buildings and 26 acres of arable and pasture land, including a quanitity of woodland, containing upwards of 111 acres, well stocked with fine thriving timber and underwood, part let at low rents amounting to £80 per annum, and remainder with the woodland in hand. To be viewed 20 days preceeding the sale and particulars then had, at the Bull, Farningham; Maidstone; Crays; Bell, Bromley; at Garraways and of Mr Smith, 62 Broad Street, near the Royal Exchange."
A valuable and desirable freehold estate called Stock Hill Farm, in the occupation of the proprietor; situate in the parish of Hartley, 5 miles from Dartford and 6 from Gravesend; comprising a new brick-built dwelling house, a large barn, stable, etc, with 19 acres of arable land, in a high state of cultivation, 1 acre of woodland, a garden and orchard well planted with fruit trees, and lying near the house.
Green Field (5a 2r 0p)
Two Acre Field (4a 2r 0p)
Five Acre Field (6a 0r 0p)
Wood Field (2a 0r 0p)
Orchard Field (1a 0r 0p)
Woodland (1a 0r 0p)
Orchard, garden and barnyard (1a 0r 0p)
Acres 21a 0r 0p
May be viewed by applying to Mr Treadwell, Black Lion, Hartley, and particulars held at the place of sale; Ship, Green Street Green; Queen's Head, Northfleet; and of the auctioneer, Gravesend."