"DENTON, a parish in the hundreds of Eastry and Kinghamford, lathe of St. Augustine in the county of Kent, 6½ miles N.W. of Dover, and 8 S.E. of Canterbury. It is situated under Barham Down, about 1 mile from the Dover and London road. The manor formerly belonged to the families of Earde, Peyton, Boys, Whorwood, Markham, and others. Hops and corn are chiefly cultivated, the soil being light. The village, which is small, is situated in a picturesque valley. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £169, in the patronage of the Rev. G. C. La Motte. The church is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. The charities amount to £1 per annum. Shelven, Gattridge, and Tappington are places here. Denton Court was the seat of Sir Egerton Brydges."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]