LIST OF VICARS.
In Yalding we have an exceptional roll of priests, with a few early gaps in a period when they were supplied by Tonbridge Priory.
LAURENTIUS 1184 It is known that he had been a rector prior to this date, and was still vicar in 1207.
JOHN DE NEVILL 1227
ROBERT PACE 1329 One year of office.
GILBERT HUGHES 1330 Vicar whilst Hugh De Audley was Lord of the Manor, as recorded in the “Yalding Manor Records”.
ROBERT HONEBERGH 1349 Died within the year.(Date of Black Death.)
ALFRED de CONSTYDE 1349
JOHN BURBACHE 1395 After nine years of office, moved to Elmley.
WILLIAM SIBTHORP 1404
JOHN LOFTHOUSE 1424 Five years of office in which he was also Rural Dean of Malling in 1427, and in 1429 exchanged with John Smyth the living of Eastlying.
JOHN SMYTH 1429 One year of office. He was admitted by Bishop Langdon on 3rd October, but resigned the next year.
ANDREW SANDERS 1430 Previously served as rector of Gravesend 1399-1427, and rector of Dartford 1427-1430. He officiated as Vicar-General of Rochester for several years. The date he left Yalding is unknown, but it is stated that he died when rector of Mereworth in 1438.
ROBERT BLACKLOWE 1452
During the War of the Roses, from 1455 - 1485, producing many national changes and heralding the end of feudalism, locally we went through a change of seven priests in those thirty years.
WILLIAM KYNGETT 1457
WILLIAM WODDE 1460
ROBERT SEBURYTH 1461
WILLIAM WEST 1463
HENRY WHYSTON 1467
ROBERT MILLER 1467 He served seven years of office before partaking in an exchange with Nicholas Dunlagh.
NICHOLAS DUNLAGH 1474 Nineteen years of office after his arrival from the parish of St. James, Dover.
NICHOLAS NONE 1493 He was a board member of enquiry into the Prebendary of the Great Mass at Malling Abbey.
WILLIAM ASHURST 1501