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"SOUTHFLEET, a parish in the hundred of Axton, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 3 miles S.W. of Gravesend, its post town, and 3 S. of Northfleet railway station. Its gardens, designated Spring Head, are celebrated for water-cresses. The parish contains the hamlets of Betsome, Hook Green, and Westwood. It is mentioned in Domesday Book as Suthfleta, from a flete or creek of the Thames, which flowed up from Northfleet, and was then a place of considerable importance. From the numerous Roman relics found here, and its relative position with regard to the station Durobrivis, or Rochester, it is supposed to occupy the site of the Roman station Vagniacæ on Watling Street. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester, value £523, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is an ancient structure with a tower and six bells. It contains a modern stained glass window, a piscina, antique font, and several brasses, the earliest bearing date 1414. The parochial charities produce about £30 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]

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"BETSOME, (or Betsham), a hamlet in the parish of Southfleet, hundred of Axton, and lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, in the county of Kent, 3 miles to the S.W. of Gravesend. The neighbourhood is hilly, and the scenery picturesque. The land is partly laid out in hop-grounds and orchards.

"HOOK-GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Southfleet, hundred of Axton, and lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, half a mile S.W. of Southfleet."

"WESTWOOD, a hamlet in the parish of Southfleet, county Kent, 4 miles S.E. of Dartford."

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

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