Hyde Drive, BR5

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This road was laid out on land that had previously belonged to the church of St Mary’s Cray, which dates back to the 13thCentury and owned huge swathes of land in the area. A hide was an old Anglo-Saxon term meaning family or a land-holding that was considered sufficient to support a family. This was equivalent to 60 to 120 old acres (approximately 30 modern acres). The name here however is a relatively modern one.

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