The graveyard was rather disappointing in that most of the older graves were not readable due to the weathering of the stonework. I wasn't really expecting to find any Bensons but you never know - unfortunately we didn't but at least I've visited the church which the family probably attended.
Interestingly, Sparepenny Lane got its name in the 18th century when you could 'spare a penny' by using the lane instead of the toll road at the other end of the village.
The Mount is one of three large manor houses in the village. It is an elegant, grade 2 listed, Regency house built in 1820 for William Colyer. It has lovely views over the Darent Valley and is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It's nice to visit the places our ancestors lived as it makes them more than just names. I was tempted to go and knock on the door to tell the occupant that I had a claim on their house - but decided to let sleeping dogs lie !