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Davington Parish

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Your Online Parish Clerk for Davington is:  VACANT.  

Davington is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Ospringe.  The church is named for St. Mary Magdalene with registers commencing 1549.

Davington, a parish, with a village, in Faversham district, Kent;  adjacent to the Swale estuary and to the North Kent railway, 1/2 a mile north-by-west of Faversham.  Post town, Faversham.  Acres, 537.  Real property in 1860, £2,022.  Population in 1861, 149.  Houses, 27.  A Benedictine nunnery was founded here, in 1153, by Fulke de Newnham;  became so poor as to be deserted;  and has left considerable remains in a Norman arch, and in buildings of the times of Edward I and Edward III.  These remains are amassed with more recent structures in a mansion called the Priory, the seat of T. Willement, Esq..  The village is thought to occupy the site of the Roman Durolevum;  and has yielded many Roman relics, and recently a very curious mediæval "cap of fence", formed of octagonal iron plates.

The living is a donative in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £100.  Patron, T. Willement, Esq..  The church looks to be older than the nunnery;  has five round-headed windows, which may be Saxon;  and includes early English additions.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

 

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