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"TEYNHAM, a parish in the hundred of the same name, lathe of Scray, county Kent, 3 miles E. of Sittingbourne, its post town, and 3 N.W. of Faversham. It is a station on the London, Chatham, and Dover lire. Teynham is of ancient date, and has the ruins of a place formerly belonging to the Archbishops of Canterbury. It is situated on the river Swale, near Conyer Creek, and was formerly a market town. In the vicinity are traces of a Roman camp. A portion of the land is in hop-grounds, and several acres in cherry and apple orchards, said to be the remains of 105 acres of fruit planted by R. Harris, Henry VIII.'s fruiterer. An accession has lately been made to the parish by the embankment of the island of Fowley. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, value £230, in the patronage of the archbishop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has some stained windows, and two brasses, one of them bearing date 1443. The parochial charities produce about £3 per annum. There is a Church lending library, supported by voluntary contributions. The Wesleyans have a chapel. Teynham gives title of baron to the family of Curzon. Colonel Tayler is lord of the manor."

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

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