Named after William Amherst, 3rd Earl Amherst, later Viscount Holmesdale (March 16, 1836 – August 14, 1910). He served as the local MP as a Conservative of the, now defunct, West Kent Constituency, from AD1859 to AD1868. The road has always been spelt without the ‘l’. Before his political career Lord Holmesdale served in the British Army fighting in the Battle of Balaclava, the Battle of Inkerman (where he was severely wounded) and the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War.
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