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"SHORNE, (or Shorne and Merston) a parish in the hundred of Shamwell, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 3½ miles S.E. of Gravesend, its post town, and 4 N.W. of Rochester. The village, which is chiefly agricultural, formerly belonged to the Northwoods, Savages, Nevills, Cobhams, &c. There is a small battery, constructed in 1796, also another at Lower Hope Point, in the parish of Cliff. The land is partly in hop grounds and woodland. The impropriate tithes belong to the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester, value £358, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to SS. Paul and Peter, contains effigies of Sir Henry de Cobham, brasses of J. Smith, bearing date 1437, and an ancient font. The Earl of Darnley is lord of the manor. There is a National school, partially endowed."

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

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"MERSTON, a hamlet in the parish of Shorne, hundred of Shamwell, lathe of Aylesford, county Kent, 4½ miles S.E. of Gravesend, its post town. The hamlet consists of a few labourers' cottages. This place is parochial in its ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but in other respects part of Shorne. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester, value £90. The church, which is in ruins, is included within a plantation of about five acres, called Chapelwood. In the vicinity are traces of ancient fortifications."

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

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