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The name Linton normally indicates a place where flax is grown. It is therefore quite a common name, and there are at least eight in England.
Kent’s Linton, though, is an eponymic from the Old English tun ‘village, town, farmstead’, suggesting ‘Lilla’s farm’. Its first recorded form is Lilintuna in around 1100. Then:
- Lillington (1226)
- Lintone (1327)
- Lynton and Lylyngton (1535)
... at least, so says "The Place Names of Kent," by Judith Glover. Hasted however, in his "History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent," has a different view, and says:
"Linton, anciently written as “Lyllyngton” and in Latin, “Lilituna”, probably took its name from old English words, “lyltlan” signifying small, and “stane”, and stone, as the upper part of this parish abounded with quarry stone."
As to which is correct, if either, who can say?
Linton is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, as it was probably then included within the Manor of East Farleigh. Patronage was part of the ancient possession of the crown, until it was given to a hospital for poor travellers in the West borough of Maidstone by Archbishop Walter Reynolds in 1314, for the use and support of that hospital. There are records of the owners of the patronage up to about 1728, when it was purchased by Robert Mann, Esq, of Linton Place, a wealthy clothier.
Linton is not a large village. The Linton boundary is about 9 miles in circumference, much of which is walked once a year on Rogation Sunday.
The view across the Weald from Linton is quite spectacular, even on a misty day...
This is the sort of view the houses on Linton Hill have from their gardens:
...and sometimes the view can be even more spectacular than usual...
Linton in the snow, seen from Vanity Lane, Boxing Day 2005:
Linton in the snow again, this time at Christmas 2009, seen from above Cornwallis Avenue