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"TONGE, (or Tong), a parish in the hundred of Milton, lathe of Scray, county Kent, 1½ mile N.E. of Sittingbourne, its post town, and 5 miles N.W. of Faversham. It is situated in a marshy spot, and is centrally crossed by the old road from London to Dover. In the vicinity of the church is the site of Hengist's Castle, in which the Saxon chieftain is said to have surprised King Vortigern and his nobles. The land is fertile. At Pukeshall was anciently an hospital, dedicated to St. James. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury, value £199. The church is dedicated to St. Giles. The parochial charities produce about £3 per annum. Chick's Court is the principal residence."

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

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