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(Last Peer of England to be hanged)
Sundridge is a small village that lies on the A25 between
Sevenoaks and Westerham .
The Domesday book records that Sondresse was worth £18 and
included three mills on the river Darent and a church. The manor
was owned by Earl Godwin, father of King Harold who was killed
in the Norman Invasion of 1066 and he in turn transferred the
ownership to the monastry at Canterbury .
The main part of the church was constructed in the early 1200's
with some modifications in the 1400's and 1800's. The original
manor house can be found near the church as Sundridge Place.
In 1554 Sir Henry Isly was executed at Sevenoaks for his part in
Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion against the marriage of Queen Mary
and Philip of Spain. A brass of Sir Thomas Isly in full armour
can be found in the church, he was the father of Sir Henry.
Because of the rebellion, the family fell from favour, and
sold the land to pay of their debts to the crown.
Coombe Bank, a mansion to the north of the village, was bought
in 1720 by John Campbell, who became the Duke of Argyll in 1761.
His son Lord Ferrers was the last peer of England to be hanged
for the murder of a servant in 1760.
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