near Farningham, Kent - Power Family

"This place is situated in the parish of Horton Kirby, near Farningham, in the county of Kent.

It belonged in Henry the Third's time to a family of the same name, Frank, or Franks, which came out of Yorkshire and settled here.

This name, sometimes written Frankish, in Henry the Sixth's time was changed to that of Martin, and the seat continued with the same till the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when it was sold to Lancelot Bathurst.

Bathurst was an alderman of the city of London, who pulled down the house, and built a maginifcent seat on the opposite side of the river Darenth. This passed down the family line until the estate was bought by the Ray family, and continued in that family until 1860, when is was bought, being then almost a ruin, by Robert Bradford, who took down a part of the interior and restored it as nearly as possible to its pristine state.

Queen Elizabeth used frequently to stay at this place when it was in the possession of the Bathursts, and there are now two rooms in the house which are called Queen Elizabeth's rooms, and some of the fine old ceiling and panelling are preserved.

The River Darenth, which flose close by to the house, is famous for its excellent trout fishing. Darenth Wood has also long been noted as an excellent hunting-ground."

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