"LONGFIELD, a parish in the hundred of Axton, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 5 miles S.W. of Gravesend, and 6 S.E. of Dartford, its post town. The Meopham station on the London, Chatham, and Dover line of railway, is about 4 miles E. of the village, which is small and wholly agricultural. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester, value £193, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is a small edifice, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. Archdeacon Plume, founder of the Plumian professorship of astronomy at Cambridge, lies buried here. The charities consist of property bequeathed by the above for increasing the value of, poor livings and other purposes, producing about £340 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]