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"GREENHITHE, a hamlet in the parish of Swanscombe, hundred of Axton, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, county Kent, 3 miles N.E. of Dartford, its post town, and 4 N.W. of Gravesend. It is situated in a retired spot on the S. bank of the Thames, near Long Reach, and is a station on the North Kent line of railway. Here is a landing pier for steamboats, and a ferry. The coastguard service has a station in the village. Most of the inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, or in the burning of lime. There are also works for the preparation of Roman cement, and market gardening is carried on in the neighbourhood. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Rochester, value £250, in the patronage of Sydney Sussex College. The church is a modern structure, built in the Gothic style of architecture, and dedicated to St. Mary. The Wesleyans have a chapel, and there is a National school. The principal residence is Ingress Abbey, built by the late Alderman Harmer, with stone procured from old London Bridge."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2010]
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