Thomas Streatfeild

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Rev Thomas Streatfeild MA, FSA (5 January 1777 – 17 May 1848) was a renowned antiquarian and churchman in the early 19th century descended from the historic Streatfeild family. He lived on both sides of the Surrey Kent border, but is best known for his extensive research on the history of Kent.

Streatfeild family

The Streatfeilds, Streatfields or Stretfields are an historic English family from Chiddingstone, Kent, traceable to the early 16th century and a possible cadet branch of the Noble House of Stratford. They were significant landowners in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, and instrumental in shaping those counties throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The family seat was Chiddingstone Castle.

Surrey County of England

Surrey is a subdivision of the English region of South East England in the United Kingdom. A historic and ceremonial county, Surrey is also one of the home counties. The county borders Kent to the east, East and West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest, and Greater London to the northeast.

Kent County of England

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.


Whilst at Tatsfield in Surrey he bought land in the adjoining parish of Westerham, Kent and built a house there – Chart’s Edge – to his own design in 1822.

Westerham town and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent

Westerham is a town and civil parish in Kent, England, 5 miles (8 km) west of Sevenoaks.

Thomas Streatfeild memorial plaque, Chiddingstone Church Thomas Streatfeild memorial plaque, Chiddingstone Church.jpg
Thomas Streatfeild memorial plaque, Chiddingstone Church


Thomas Streatfeild matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford on 19 May 1795 and graduated with a B.A. in 1799. [1]

Oxford City and non-metropolitan district in England

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He devoted much time to a history of Kent but only one volume was ever published (Hundred of Blackheath [2] ) – some 50 volumes of his unpublished material are lodged in the British Museum.

He was also a skilled artist and he completed a number of wood engravings and drawings for the History. [3]


Chart's Edge, Westerham, Kent, built by Rev Thomas Streatfeild Chart's Edge, Westerham.jpg
Chart's Edge, Westerham, Kent, built by Rev Thomas Streatfeild

As well as being a historian and writer, Thomas Streatfeild was an Anglican clergyman. He was first Curate at St Mary’s, Long Ditton, Surrey, and at that time chaplain to the Duke of Kent and later Curate of St Mary the Virgin, Tatsfield, Surrey. [4]

Long Ditton village in United Kingdom

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Tatsfield village in Surrey, UK

Tatsfield is a village and civil parish in the Tandridge district of Surrey, England. It occupies the north-eastern corner of Surrey, bordering Greater London and Kent, with almost all of its homes and many outlying farms on the escarpment of the North Downs.

He altered and repaired the little church at Tatsfield by subscription in 1838, including the tower and porch at his own expense. [5] The following inscription can be found in the porch “Be it remembered that the masonry of this porch and tower is the free gift of the Rev. T. Streatfeild, of Chart’s Edge, Curate, 1838. Thomas Barrett, Timothy Ringoss, churchwardens.”


Thomas Streatfeild was the son of Sandeforth Streatfeild (1750 – 28 July 1809) and Frances Hussey (1750-1821).

He married Harriet Champion (1776-1814), daughter of Alexander Champion, a wealthy merchant and whaler of Wandsworth, London, on 8 Oct 1800, and through her he acquired a considerable fortune. In 1823 he married again, Clare, the daughter of Rev Thomas Harvey and the widow of Henry Woodgate. [6] He had 14 children, 9 with Harriet and 5 with Clare.


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  1. Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886
  2. Hasted's History of Kent, corrected, enlarged, and continued to the present time, from the manuscript collections of the late Rev. Thomas Streatfeild and the late Rev. Lambert Blackwell Larking, the public records, and other sources. Edited by Henry H. Drake ... Part 1. The hundred of Blackheath. by Edward Hasted. Published in 1886, Mitchell and Hughes (London)
  3. The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914 by Alan Armstrong
  4. Dictionary of National Biography
  6. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland by John Burke