In February Geoffrey Kitchener Halstead Historian, gave the Society
members a vivid insight into the history of Halstead much of it
remained woodland until well into the 19th century.
The community expanded from a mansion house and a few farms into
a growing village with lots of new smallholdings growing soft
Up to 12 tons of strawberries per day were sent to the London
markets in peak season during the 1870's .
Otford Lane was in the parish of Shoreham and a mission chapel
was built for the small holders to attend..
The ecclesiastical parish boundaries were changed in 1938 and
the chapel was served by the rector of Halstead.