A previous note under this heading (v. Arch. Cant.,
Vol. LIII, p. 137) concluded with a conjecture that many other John
Bowra maps lay buried in lawyers' and estate offices in various parts of
Kent and Sussex. That this was indeed the case is now shown by the
valuable collection of maps of properties in West Kent recently
presented to the Kent Archæological Society by Mr. John Knocker, of
Tonbridge. Among these are nine John Bowra maps of various dates between
1748 and 1780, the year in which he died.
The K.A.S. having kindly permitted me the loan of these
maps I am able to list them briefly as follows:
1748. A Map of Land lying in the Parishes of Leigh &
Tunbridge, Hadlow & Frant in the County of Kent belonging to Mr.
The area surveyed covers some 135 acres and includes
Hayman's Farm, Hawkenbury Wood, and several other small holdings of
fields and woods. Names of neighbouring landowners are given as Wm.
Perry, Esq, Dixon, Doctr Budgen, Lord Abergavenny, Widow Buss, Hutton,
1754. Land in Tudeley, Caple, and Brenchley in the County of Kent
belonging to Widdw Simmons.
The survey includes a number of fields, some 36 acres in
all, with names of tenants --- Thos. Towns, Mills, Hollamby, Mapesden,
Elcock, Wm Driver, Widd. Buss, Capt. Markibs.
1755. Lands in the parish of Ightham in Kent belonging to Mr Wm Kipping.
This is a survey of some 22 acres, bordered by the property
of Willm James, Esq. The road from Basted to Borough Green is shown,
with some cottages at Borough Green. John Dorman and Mrs Pollard are
given as neighbouring owners.
1757. Land lying in the Parish of East Peckham in the County of Kent
belonging to Mr John Cheesman.
The plan covers about 35 acres of Plain Land, Rough &
Wast, and depicts the situation of a few cottages. Neighbours are Mr
Thos. Kippings, Mr Thos Martin, Mr John Simmons, Thos. Gardiner, Thos.
Bishop, Sir Wm Twisden.
1759. Land in the Parish of Yalding in the County of Kent belonging to
Mr William Fleet.
Fields, orchards, and woods, some 17 acres. Bounded by
Yalding Leese, Madam Austin's land, Mr Mason's land, Mr Willm Ling's,
Sir John Shaw's, Plumber Esqr's, Mr John Simmonds.
1761. Land lying in the Parish of East Peckham in the County of Kent
belonging to Mr Willm Curd.
Plain land, Rough & Waste, 3a.5r.5p. Farm House and
cottages shown. Adjoining properties held by Esau S. Simmonds, Selby Esq,
1769. A Map of the Bank Farm lying in the Parish of Tunbridge in the
County of Kent Belonging to Mr Richd Children