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Crayford

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"CRAYFORD, a parish in the hundred of Lessness, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, in the county of Kent, 2¼ miles N.W. of Dartford, and 2 S. of Erith station. It is situated on the river Cray, and contains the hamlets of Northend and Slade Green. It is called in the Saxon Chronicle Creccanford, and Cregganford, and is related to have been the scene of the battle in which the British prince, Vortigern, was defeated by Hengist the Saxon, in 457. It was at a later, period called Eard, and is mentioned in the Domesday Survey as belonging to the see of Canterbury. The village is large, and was severely visited by the cholera in 1849. The inhabitants are engaged in calico and silk printing, and in agriculture. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £869, in the patronage of F. Austen, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Paulinus, has been beautifully restored. It contains the tomb of Lady Shovell, wife of the admiral, and a very handsome E. window by Ward and Hughes. The charities amount to £39 per annum. The Baptists and Roman Catholics have each a chapel. There are National and infant schools: F. Barne, Esq., is lord of the manor. May Place, the ancient residence of the lords of the manor, is a fine old mansion; it is interesting as having been built in the time of Elizabeth. A fair is held on the 24th of August."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]

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"NORTHEND, a hamlet in the parish of Crayford, hundred of Lessness, and lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 1½ mile N. of Crayford, and half a mile from Erith."

"PERRY STREET, a hamlet in the hundred of Axton, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 2 miles N.W. of Dartford, and 15 S.E. of London. It is situated near the line of the ancient Watling Street, on the river Darent."

"SLADE-GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Crayford, hundred of Lessness, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 2 miles N.W. of Dartford, near the river Thames."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]

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