"GREAT CHART, a parish in the hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Scray, in the county of Kent, 2 miles W. of Ashford, its post town, which has a station on the South-Eastern railway, and 151 from Canterbury. It is watered both by the Medway and Stour, and is the Carth of Domesday. It was once a market town, and formed part of the demesnes of Christ Church, Canterbury. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury, value £600, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a handsome structure; the S. aisle was built in Edward IV.'s time, by Bishop Goldwell, of Norwich, who was a native of this town, and of whose family the church has monuments. There are two almshouses for aged persons, a Wesleyan place of worship, and a National school. In 1580 an earthquake was felt here. The fair, usually held on the first Monday in April for horses, cattle, and pedlery, is at present discontinued."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]