About High Halden

The chequers

High Halden is a village on the A28  situated between Ashford and Tenterden . The village has a large  hall that can be booked out for events, meetings and clubs  and there is now a very well stocked  local   super market. The  local Chequers pub is currently open again and is called The Chequers on the Green . This had become a very busy and popular pub restaurant since it re-opened with good quality food and local Red Top Dairy beer served .

There was originally a small train station called High Halden Road  linking Tenterden to Headcorn but this closed in 1954 and some interesting pictures of this old station can be seen on the disused stations site.
There are also a few old pictures of the village from 1955 on the Francis Frith website .

There was an RAF runway built near High Halden which was opened in 1944,which was a prototype for the type of temporary Advanced Landing Ground type airfield which would be built in France after D-Day . It was used by the United States Army Air Forces. It was closed in September 1944.
Further info and a picture can be seen here :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_High_Halden  

If was said that fifty tons of oak from some distance away was used to build the unusual tower and spire of the 10th -14th century Church in 1470-1490.
The Chequers Inn, circa 1620, is known to have been used by smugglers and the various gangs such as the “Hawkhurst” and “Cranbrook” gangs that were active in the mid 18th century. The parish is recorded in the Domesday Book and parts of a Norman manor can be seen at Tiffenden Farm.
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    • Alan J. Strekow on December 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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    December 21, 2015

    Dear Historians of High Halden,

    I am the vice president of the Hales Corners Historical Society, located in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Our village was formed in 1837 by three members of the Hale family, brothers Seneca and William, and their father Ebenezer. Together, they owned three of four areas of land, each approximately 160 acres, that adjoined each other. Eventually, our village was formed in the center of these properties at the corners.

    Currently, my wife, Ruth, and I are preparing a lecture on the history of the Hale family and have traced their roots back to Walter de Hales in the village of Hales in 1202 A.D. In doing so, we also
    discovered that two descendants, Nicolas de Hales and Sir Nicholas de Hales were born in Hales Place, High Halden in 1300 A.D. and 1327 A.D. respectivley.

    We are trying to put together as complete a picture as possible of the family and any assistance you may provide will be greatly appreciated. Below you will find a list of the Hales in chronological order with some additional information. In some cases, we have a complete list of their wives and other children as well, but we did not think it necessary to add here. If you would like more information on our “village,” please go to http://www.halescorners.org

    We hope to hear from you soon.


    Alan J. Strekow
    11041 West Grange Avenue
    Hales Corners, WI 53130


    Walter de Hales
    Birth: c.1202 in Hales, Norfolk, England – Death: 1247
    Ralph de Hales
    Birth: 1248 in Hales, Norfolk, England – Death: 1313

    Sir Roger de Hales
    Birth: 1275 in Harwich, Essex, England – Death: 1313 in Harwich, Essex, England
    Occupation: Coroner of Norfolk 1303-13 (Revenue Collection)

    Nicolas de Hales
    Birth: 1300 in Hales Place Haiden, Kent, England – Death: ?

    Sir Nicholas de Hales
    Birth: 1327 in Hales Place, High Haiden, England – Death: ?

    Thomas Hales
    Birth: 1352 in Hales Place, Woodchurch, Kent, England – Death: 1402 in Kent, England

    Henry Hales
    Birth: 1384 in Hales Place, Kent, England – Death: 1464 in Tenterden, Kent, England

    Gilbert Hale Hales
    Birth: 1411 in Tenterden or Lenham, Kent, England – Death: 1461 in England

    Edward Hale
    Birth: 1430 – Death: 1461

    Edward Hale (Son of above)
    Birth: ? – Death: ?

    Thomas Hale
    Birth: 1504 in Codicote,Hertfordshire, England
    Death: Jun. 23, 1589 in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England

    Richard Hale of King’s Walden
    (King’s Walden estate purchased from William Lord Burgh c.1576 and remained in family until 1884)
    Birth: c.1536 in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England
    Death: Feb. 27, 1621 in King’s Walden, Hertfordshire, England
    Burial: Stepney, Middlesex, England
    Occupation: Grocer

    William Hale, Esq.
    Birth: c.1551 in Hertfordshire, England
    Death: Oct. 19, 1634 in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England
    Burial: Whatton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England
    Occupation: High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1621

    Thomas Hale, the Elder
    Birth: 1575 in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England
    Death: Oct. 19, 1630 in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England

    Capt. Samuel Hale
    (Traveled to New England in c.1634, possibly with brother Thomas and sister Martha. Lived in
    Hartford County, Connecticut Colony in 1636. Volunteered as a soldier during the Pequot (Indian)
    War of 1637, serving under Capt. John Mason. Moved to Wethersfield, Hartford County in 1642.
    Appointed a Selectman there in 1647. Appointed one of the Proprietors of Norwalk in 1654.
    Served as Deputy from the Town to General Court, the State Legislature. Leased the estate of
    Governor Willis in 1660.)
    Birth: Jul. 1, 1615 in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England
    Death: Nov. 9, 1693 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America
    Burial: Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, America

    Ebenezer Hale
    Birth: Jul. 29, 1661 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America
    Death: Feb. 4, 1744 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America

    Nathaniel Hale
    Birth: 1694 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America
    Death: Jan. 10, 1738 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America

    Hezekiah Hale
    Birth: Aug. 29, 1729 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America
    Death: Jan. 18, 1791 in North Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

    Francis Hale
    (Enlisted in James Bucksten’s Company, then transferred to Capt. Oliver Rouse’s Company
    of Infantry in Col. Jackson’s Regiment, First Brigade.)
    Birth: Mar. 14, 1757 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, America
    Death: Jan. 28, 1834 in Pompey, Onandaga County, New York, USA
    Burial: Oran Community Church Cemetery, Pompey

    Ebenezer Harrison Hale
    (Traveled to Pompey, Onandage County, New York in 1804. Founding member of Pleasant Valley Free Church Society in Oran, a hamlet of Pompey in 1805. Appointed Justice of Peace, Onandaga County on Apr. 29, 1813 and Constable in/around Pompey. Moved to Wisconsin Territory in 1839.)
    Birth: Jul. 9, 1786 in Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
    Death: May 19, 1871 in Pompey, Onandaga County, New York, USA
    Burial: Oran Community Church Cemetery, Pompey

    Seneca Hale
    (Traveled to Wisconsin Territory in 1836 with his wife Helena. Appointed Constable in 1843.
    School Board member)
    Birth: Oct. 5, 1811 in Pompey, Onandaga County, New York, USA
    Death: Dec. 22, 1880 in Hales Corners, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
    Burial: Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA

    William Hale
    (Traveled to Wisconsin Territory in 1837 with his wife Bridget. Appointed Assessor in the town of Greenfield in 1842, 1843, 1845, and 1848. Appointed by President Polk as Post Master. Hotel owner for a time)
    Birth: Jun. 5, 1813 in Pompey, Onandaga County, New York, USA
    Death: Apr. 13, 1898 in Iowa, USA
    Burial: Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA

      • Teresa Diana Hale on February 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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      Hello Alan,

      I was looking for a property to buy and found something very suitable in High Holden.

      I was researching the town nd came across your email. And the Hale family tree.

      My father was called Frederick William hale – he always used the name William and the name William was in his family history.

      He died in 1975.

      As a coincidence I was bought up in Hertfordshire. My brother and niece have lived in Norfolk for many years.

      My mother’s name was Vera Amelia Hale.. she died 3 years ago.

      I opened a world renowned clinic for natural medicine opened by Prince of Wales.
      The word Hale means holistic health in the Anglo Saxon language.

      I sold it last year so I could concentrate on writing and teaching meditation

      I look forward to hearing from you

      Warmest wishes,

      Teresa Hale

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