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Dartford Parish

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Dartford is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Dartford.    Dartford is in the lathe of Sutton at Hone, in the hundred of Axton, Dartford and Wilmington.  It is in the poor law union of Dartford.  The church is named for the Holy Trinity with registers commencing 1561.

Dartford is a town, a parish, a sub-district and a district in Kent. The town stands in a narrow valley between two steep hills, on Watling Street, the river Darent, and the North Kent railway, 17 miles east-south-east of London Bridge. It was known to the Saxons as Darentford, and at Domesday as Tarentford; and it got its name from a ford or ferry passage on the Darent, which was a great thoroughfare till the building of a bridge at it in the time of Henry VI. Isabella, the sister of Henry III, was married here by proxy, in 1235, to the Emperor Frederick. Edward III held a tournament here in 1331; and founded an Augustinian nunnery here in 1355. Wat Tyler commenced his insurrection here, in 1381, by beating out the brains of the poll-tax collector; and either he or the collector is made to give a bad name to Dartford in an old local rhyme, which thus characterizes neighbouring places on the Darent: -

"Sutton for mutton,
Kirkby for beef,
South Darne for gingerbread,
And Dartford for a thief."

 The town consists chiefly of one spacious, well-built, picturesque street. The nunnery, founded by Edward III, stood at the west end; became the retreat of a daughter of Edward IV, and many noble ladies; was converted, after the dissolution, into a royal palace; passed, for a time, to Anne of Cleves; was inhabited two days, in 1573, by Queen Elizabeth; passed by barter to Sir Robert Cecil; was held, on life-lease, by Sir Edward Darcy, and got then the name of Place House. The edifice appears to have been very extensive; and a small part of it, not earlier than the time of Henry VII, still stands, and is now used as a farm house.

A chantry-chapel, dedicated to St. Edmund the Martyr, and situated in a cemetery of its own on the opposite side of the town, belonged to the nunnery; and was in such great repute by pilgrims to Canterbury that the reach of Watling street leading to it often took the name of "St. Edmund's way" but it has entirely disappeared.

The parish church is a spacious ancient edifice, with a Norman tower; was respired, or much altered, in 1793 and at other times; and has remains of a decorated screen, a mural monument to Sir John Spielman, Queen Elizabeth's jeweller, and some interesting brasses and effigies.

The London Pauper Lunatic asylum is a large recent erection, with a lofty central tower; and forms a prominent object for a considerable distance.

There are four dissenting chapels, a grammar school, with £48 from endowment, another school with £47, alms houses with £76, other charities with £213, a new cemetery, and a workhouse.

The town has a head post office with both a money order office and a savings bank, a railway station with telegraph, a banking office and two chief inns; and is a seat of petty sessions. Markets are held on Saturdays; and a fair on 2 August. A large export tade is carried on in country produce, chalk, lime, whiting, and manufactures, and an import trade in coal and timber, - the Darent, under the name of Dartford creek, affording good navigation hither to the Thames; and there are foundries, calico and silk printing establishments, a large tannery, and powder, paper, corn and seed crushing mills, - the powder and paper mills of great extent, and situated a little way distant. The town gives the title of Viscount to Earl Jersey. Population, 5,314. Houses, 996.

The parish comprises 4,101 acres of land and 185 of water. Real property, £31, 311; of which £616 are in quarries, £409 in canals, and £ in gas works. Population 6,597. Houses, 1,258. The property is much subdivided.

The manor belonged to the Crown; and was given by James I to the Whitmores.

Part of the area adjoining the river is marshy; and part above is chalk down. Numerous remarkable ancient excavations exist in the chalk; and fine views are had from the heath a mile south-west of the town. Richard Plantagenet encamped on the heath in 1452; and Fairfax, in 1648.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £534 and has a habitable glebe house. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester.

The sub-district contains the parishes of Dartford, Stone near Dartford, Swanscombe, Darenth, Wilmington and Sutton at Hone. Acres, 17,675. Population in 1861, 13,180. Houses, 2,499.

The district comprehends also the sub-district of Bexley, containing the parishes of Bexley, East Wickham, Erith and Crayford; and the sub-district of Farningham, containing the parishes of Farningham, Horton Kirby, Eynesford, Lullingstone, Kingsdown, Ridley, Ash, Hartley, Fawkham, Longfield and Southfleet. Acres, 53,109. Poor rates in 1862, £17,306. Population in 1841, 25,366; in 1861, 32,316. Houses, 6,053. Marriages in 1860, 193; births, 1,050 - of which 51 were illegitimate; deaths, 568 - of which 213 were at ages under 5 years and 17 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,790; births, 9,841; deaths, 5,267.

The places of worship [in the district] in 1851 were 21 of the Church of England, with 6,911 sittings; 8 of Independents, with 1,498 sittings; 10 of Baptists, with 1,448 sittings; 6 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,157 sittings; 1 of the Wesleyan Association, with 196 sittings; 1 undefined, with 230 sittings; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 236 sittings.

The schools were 27 public day schools, with 2,661 scholars; 36 private day schools, with 739 scholars; 39 Sunday schools, with 3,142 scholars, and 2 evening schools for adults, with 48 scholars.1

1 John Marius Wilson, comp.  The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

Dartford Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [Note:  The following volumes can be found on  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (1876), 11, 12, 13 (1880), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 32, 34, 35, vol. 1907 supplement.]

  • General references to Dartford: vol. , pp.
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Great Britain, Public Record Office. 'Calendar of the patent rolls preserved in the Public Record Office--Edward II, Vol. 1. 1307-1313'Each volume has own index. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Great Britain, Public Record Office. 'Inquisitions and assessments relating to feudal aids : with other analogous documents preserved in the Public Record Office, A. D. 1284-1431', Vol. 3. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Great Britain, Exchequer. 'The book of fees commonly called testa de nevill, pt. 3'. The Book of fees contains information about the holdings of feudal tenants. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Hall, Hubert, 1857-1944. 'The Red book of the Exchequer - Liber rubeus de Scaccario, Vol. 3'. The Red book of the Exchequer was a register intended to preserve important documents comprising charters, statutes of the realm, public acts (Placita), private deeds and ordinances, correspondence. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Glencross, Reginald Morshead. 'Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol. 1. 1559-1571'. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Hasted, Edward. 'The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent; Containing the antient and present state of it, civil and ecclesiastical; collected from public records, and other authorities: illustrated with maps, views, antiquities, etc. The second edition, improved, corrected, and continued to the present time'. 12 volumes. Publisher: Canterbury: Printed by W. Bristow, 1797-1801. URL: British History Online

Hussey, Arthur. 'Notes on the churches in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, mentioned in Domesday book, and those of more recent date'. Publisher: London J.R. Smith,(1852).

Letters, Dr. Samantha. 'Kent', Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516 (2005).  URL: British History Online.

Page, William, 1861-1934, ed.. 'The Victoria history of the county of Kent'. Publisher: London: Constable (1908).  URL: British History Online

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward I, File 39', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 2: Edward I. Published:(1906), pp. 315-323.  URL: British History Online.

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry III, File 45', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 1: Henry III. Published:(1904), pp. 296-302.  URL: British History Online.

Location of Records

The following list of records is not intended to be exhaustive.  There are many records that are awaiting discovery in archive offices throughout Kent and England.  This list is intended only to set out those records that are available via at least two relatively easy-to-access avenues.  If you have used or discover a record that would be of benefit to other researchers, that is not on this list, please send me an email with the details of the archive - name, address and archival call number.

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Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
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6 June 1841 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 census name index & images Currently under revision  
7 Apr 1861 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1871 Currently under revision  
3 Apr 1881 Currently under revision  
5 Apr 1891 Currently under revision  
31 Mar 1901 RG 13/785 - also online at  
2 Apr 1911 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 RG 78/139 - Census Enumerator's Summary Books online only and other subscription sites none

Church Records, Church of England

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Parish Register   Currently under revision  
Bishop's transcripts   Currently under revision  
CMB transcripts   Currently under revision  
Parish Registers, transcribed by Thomas Colyer-Fergusson   Currently under revision  

Church Records, Non-Conformist

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Particular Baptist Chapel, Nonconformist Return   Currently under revision  
Methodist Church Registers   Currently under revision  

Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Dartford   Currently under revision  
Settlement Examinations, Minute book   Currently under revision  
Overseers' Accounts   Currently under revision  
Return of Churchwardens, constables and defaulters     
Tithe Apportionment Files      
Poor Rate books   Currently under revision  

Workhouse and Poor Law Records

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Admission & Discharge books   This section currently under revision  
Guardians' Minutes      
Births   Currently under revision  
Deaths   Currently under revision  
Religious creed registers   Currently under revision  
Apprentice Register      
Registers of lunatics      
Letters books      
Vaccination registers 1899-1930 Currently under revision  

Land Records

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Land tax assessments 1780-1831 Currently under revision  
Land tax assessments 1875-1876 Currently under revision  
Land tax assessments 1889-1890 Currently under revision  
Rates and Duties - Houses, Windows, Lights   Currently under revision  
Manorial Court rolls   Currently under revision  
War Damage Files 1939-1962 Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, Kent, no.: Finding Aid at CKS-DRb/RW 123 None

Assizes and Sessions Records
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Hearth tax   Currently under revision  
Victuallers Recognizances   Currently under revision  
Churchwarden's Presentments   Currently under revision  
Parish rate books   Currently under revision  

School Records

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Church Registers


Parish Chest

  • Settlement Certificates
  • Removal Orders
  • Bastardy Examinations
  • Parish-assisted Immigrants
  • Churchwarden's Accounts
  • Overseer's Accounts
  • Pauper's List
  • Surveyor's Accounts
  • Workhouse Records
  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories


Total Population

1801   -   2,406
1811   -   3,177
1821   -   3,593
1831   -   4,715
1841   -   5,619
1851   -   6,224
1861   -   6,597
1871   -   8,298
1881   -   10,163
1891   -   11,970
1901   -   18,644
1911   -   23,609
1921   -   25,952

Dartford Distance to

London mi.
Canterbury mi.
Ashford mi.
Bromley mi.
Chatham mi.
Cranbrook mi.
Dartford mi.
Deptford mi.
Dover mi.
Faversham mi.
Folkestone mi.
Gravesend mi.
Greenwich mi.
Hythe mi.
Maidstone mi.
Margate mi.
Milton Regis mi.
Queenborough mi.
Ramsgate mi.
Rochester mi.
Sandwich mi.
Sheerness mi.
Tenterden mi.
Tunbridge mi.
Woolwich mi.


Municipal & Public Records

  • Mayors
  • Town Clerks
  • Recorders
  • Chamberlains
  • M.P.s
  • Jurats, Aldermen and Common Councilmen
  • Electoral Register
  • Freeholders
  • Freemen Index
  • Freeman's Roll
  • Masters Index
  • Pubs, Taverns, Inns, Alehouses
  • Victuallers

Wills & Estate Records

  • AD index 1448-1857
  • CC index 1448-1857
  • PCC 1338-1858
  • PPR 1858-1925
  • Depositions

Court Records

Military Records

Land Records
& Maps

  • Parish Map
  • Victoria County History
  • Deeds, Mortgages, etc.
  • Rated Property Returns
  • Returns of owners of land, 1873
  • Manors
  • Manor Court Baron
  • Manor Tenancy Rolls
  • Manors, Castles & Holdings of Significance

Tax Lists

  • Poll Tax
  • Hearth Tax
  • Window Tax
  • Hair Powder Tax
  • Land Tax Assessments 1780-1831
  • Land Tax Assessments 1799-1805

Other Records

Village Resources