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St Mary Cray

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"ST. MARY CRAY, a parish in the hundred of Ruxley, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, in the county of Kent, 2 miles S. of Foot's Cray, and 8 from Woolwich. It is situated on the river Cray, and contains part of the hamlet of Crockenhill. The village, which was once a market town, is now a small place, surrounded by beautiful birch woods. The living is a curacy in the diocese of Canterbury, annexed to the vicarage of Orpington. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure, containing tombs of the Averys, Mannings, and others, and five brasses, the earliest of which bears date 1518. The parochial charities produce £82 per annum, of which £70 is the endowment of Withen's school, for this and the adjoining parish of Orpington. There are three almshouses. Fairs are held on the 2nd February and 10th September."

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


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"CROCKENHILL, a hamlet partly in the parish of St. Mary Cray, and partly in the parish of Eynesford, hundred of Ruxley, in the county of Kent, 2 miles N.W. of Eynesford, and 2 from the Farningham railway station. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Canterbury, value £100, in the patronage of the archbishop The church, dedicated to All Souls, is in the early English style of architecture, and contains some beautiful stained-glass windows. There are six almshouses and a village school."

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

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