Mersham-le-Hatch 1947-2000

Mersham-le-Hatch, Mersham, Ashford, Kent.

Extracted from a Russian(?) website and their copyright. October 2013

A 'poetic' summary from the original 'English Nature' website (see content) who's technical review doesn't contain the reference to Caldecott!

These extracts are taken from "Mersham during the 18th and early 19th Centuries" by Jennifer Mills, with the kind permission of the author. Interesting reading, the whole can be found at


In earlier times ... the Knatchbull family provided much employment in the mansion at Hatch and on the Estate. The Revd. Joseph Price, Vicar of Brabourne from 1767 to 1786, listed those employed by Sir Edward, the 7th Baronet, as 1 butler, 2 gardeners, a gamekeeper or huntsman, a footman, and horse groom, a horsehelper, a horse coachman, a horse postillion, perhaps coachman's helper, perhaps waggoner, her (Sir Edward's wife's) maid, 3 children's maids, a housekeeper, her maid, 2 housemaids, 2 laundry maids, a dairy maid and 2 cooks. Finn also gives a list of "domestics in the establishment", presumably of Sir Edward, the 8th Baronet...

To read more about Tony's second period at 'Hatch' (Colt House, later named Hornbeam) click on the link below to go to 'Memories of Caldecott Community'

Link to Tony Inwood at Colt House.

SA/CA/5.9 A three page leaflet undated, written to explain:- The philosophy and workings of the Community; eligibility criteria of prospective children; and Fees. As it indicates that places are available, it was presumably written shortly after the Community took possession of Mersham-le-Hatch (1947) with the resultant excess of space over Hyde House..

The relevant part of the London Gazette recording Official Approval for Caldecott Community to operate a school out of Mersham-le-Hatch 1948.

Click 'Read More' link below to view Approval.