Chislehurst is a picturesque English village in the county of Kent, which has a recorded history stretching over 1000 years, being originally named by the Saxons as CeosolHysrt , later becoming a Royal Manor, a retreat for those escaping the plague, a home to an Emperor, to finally becoming an unspoiled country village.
It was also the village where Roger Shepherd grew up, and where he and Jenny were married in the Saxon Church of St. Nicholas. When Jenny decided to open a guest house in Rivonia, Sandton, South Africa, they decided to name it Chislehurst and each room is named after a prominent merchant living in the area.
In 1597 Queen Elizabeth 1 visited Thomas Walsingham at Scadbury to encourage the raising of Kentish troops against the anticipated Spanish Armada. Sir Thomas, her Secretary of State, was knighted by the Queen at Scadbury, the event depicted on the Chislehurst Village sign, and now on our logo.
An interesting South African connection is that in 1870 Emperor Napolean and Empress Eugenie took up exile in Camden Place in Chislehurst in the UK, and in 1879 the Prince Imperial died fighting the Zulus in South Africa. His funeral in Chislehurst was attended by crowned heads of England and Europe.