"LUDDESDOWN, a parish in the hundred of Toltingtrough, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 5 miles S.W. of Rochester, and 6 S. of Gravesend, its post town. The Sole Street station on the London, Chatham, and Dover line of railway is 1½ mile N.W. of the village. The road known as Luddesdown Street passes through the parish, which includes the hamlets of Henly Street and Poundgate. Hops are grown in this neighbourhood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester, value £330. The church is a structure of ancient date, dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul. It contains a tomb of the Montacute family, who were formerly lords of the manor. There is an endowment of land for church purposes, consisting of about 4 acres. Here is a free school for the children of the parish."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]