INTRO. CHRONICLES. SOCIETIES. PARISH. VILLAGE. CHURCH. PEOPLE.

A History of YALDING, Kent, England

CHEVENEY HOUSE.
This half-timber framed Elizabethan house, has been extended in-keeping with the original design. The surroundings have been extensively refurbished with large modern style conservatory type greenhouses, located where long Victorian lean-to glasshouses had once been. The extensive gardens and two lakes remain much as they were, with a long trimmed box hedge as the backing to a terrace where two cannon were mounted at the top of steps leading to the main lawn, which ran from the house to one end of the largest lake.
Although Cheveney House is in Hunton Parish it has performed an active part in our village life from the last part of the 19th century until the early 1950’s. This is when the estate was owned by the Borton family, starting with the Colonel and concluding with his son Biffy. Colonel Borton inherited Cheveney from his father who was a military general, a knight, and finally made Governor-General of Malta. During the First World War the Colonel compiled a diary of exploits of his sons Biffy and Bosky, that were included in a book entitled "My Warrior Sons", that gives quite graphic war details, and some contemporary events in the village.
For some First World War incidents see ‘Hatch Gate Airfield’ in chronicle section.
Throughout this time Cheveney gardens were often open to the public for use by Yalding and Hunton, or maybe a special charitable cause. These ranged from Boy’s Brigade assemblies in the 1890’s, to church fete’s of the 1950’s.
Also on the estate, and used for village activities, was the old flour mill by the river Beult (see Cheveney Institute in the Chronicle list of 1900).
These top photo’s , show the house with lower dormer windows in its pre WW1 setting.
The left one shows a meeting of the Linton Beagle pack.
Bottom left we see these dormer windows were later removed.