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St. Margaret, Rainham
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Rainham, Kelly's Directory 1866

Transcribed by David Auger, November 2004

Rainham is in the Eastern division of the county, hundred and union of Milton, lathe of Scray, county court district and rural deanery of Sittingbourne, archdeaconry of Maidstone, and diocese of Canterbury, 4 miles east from Rochester, and 6 west from Sittingbourne: it reaches to the creeks on the Medway, and includes several marsh islands.

The higher ground is chalk, in downs perpendicular to the coast; to the south are woods. The church of St. Margaret, close to the high road, is a handsome building, with a conspicuous tower; in the church is the burial-place of the Earls of Thanet; eight earls and six countesses of this family are buried here, including Henry, the last of the line of the Earls; and the TUFTONs, who held land here in the reign of Henry III.: the church, which is eight centuries old, has a double nave, two chancels, carved rood-screen, three stone sedilia, stalls and brasses, some of them of the date of 1409, and contains many monuments to the TUFTONs, Earls of Thanet.

The register dates from 1592. The living is a vicarage, valued at £404, with residence, in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and held by the Rev. Augustus John PEARMAN, M.A., of Pembroke College, Oxford. The National schools were erected in 1846, on a piece of ground given by the Earl of Thanet. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Independents. Sir R. TUFTON, Bart., is lord of the manor. Bricks are made here. The area of the parish is 3,608 acres of land and 260 of water. The population in 1861 was 1,422, being an increase of 272 over the year 1851.

LOWER RAINHAM and RAINHAM QUAY are one mile north.

MOOR STREET is half a mile east; COZENTON, half a mile north; MOTLEY HILL, 2 miles north-east. Berengrove is the residence of William WALTER, Esq.. Here is a station on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway.

Parish Clerk, James TAYLOR.

POST OFFICE. - William FRIDAY, receiver. Letters by foot post through Sittingbourne at 8.30 a.m. Box closes at 5.25 p.m. & at 9 p.m. The nearest money order offices are at Chatham and Sittingbourne.

PILLAR LETTER BOX at Lower Rainham, cleared at 5 p.m. week days, & 10.30 a.m. Sundays


Liverpool & London & Globe, John LONGLEY


John LONGLEY, master; Mrs. Emma LONGLEY, mistress


London, Chatham & Dover Railway Station, William KENNEDY, station master


GARDNER & Co.'s van passes through, daily, to & from London, Sittingbourne & Faversham


COLEGATE Mr. Thomas Richard
DODD Misses, Church house
DODD Thomas, Esq.
EVEREST, William Bentham, Esq.
PEARMAN Rev. Augustus John, M.A. (vicar)
PENFOLD Henry, Esq.
SIMMS Mr. James
SMART Misses, Lower Rainham
SMART Mrs. Church house
WAKELEY Mr. Richard Mansfield
WAKELEY Mr. Thomas Stanley
WAKELEY Mr. William Henry
WAKELEY Mrs. Mary, Moor street
WALTER William, Esq., Berengrove house
WATKINS Mrs. Moor street


AKHURST Thomas, Angel, Station road
ATKINS James, malster, corn, hay & straw dealer
BAKER George, baker
BAKER George, boot & shoe maker
BEAUMONT Edward, boot & shoe maker
BLEEZE Caroline (Mrs.), baker
BLEEZE William J. Red Lion
BLOORMAN Edwin, wheelwright
BRICE Solomon, barge owner
BRICE Solomon John, butcher, Lower Rainham
BROOKER Jas. Man of Kent, & fruiterer
BRYAN John, beer retailer
BURLEY William Henry, tailor
BUSHELL Geo. Frederick, builder, grocer & outfitter, Ivy place, Station road
BUTCHER Joseph Edwd. Brick manufctrer
CHAMBERS Robert, beer retailer
DANES Thomas, beer retailer
DENNIS Thomas, market gardener, Lower Rainham
DODD Thomas, sen. farmer & landowner
DUNSTALL James, watch maker
EDMONDS Wm. & Son, market gardeners
EVEREST William Bentham, surgeon
FEATHERBY George, brick manufacturer
FOSTER Jas. shopkeeper, Lower Rainham
FRIDAY William, shopkeeper
GARRETT William, harness maker
GILBERT Thos. farmer, Mare's borough
GOLDSTON John, Kent Volunteer, Railway station
GREEN Daniel, farmer, Pump farm
GREEN George, carpenter
HARRIS George, Cricketers
KITCHINGHAM William, beer retailer
LONGLEY George, nursery & seedsman
MANSFIELD James, farmer, Moor street
MILES James Luke, farmer & hop grower, Silam farm
MOSS Henry, draper
MOSS William, grocer & ironmonger
PACKER Stephen, basket maker
PARSONS John, butcher
PENFOLD Henry, physician & surgeon
PHILPOTT Thomas, gardener & seeds man
POPE Frederick, blacksmith
PRENTIS Walter, farmer, Cozenton farm
RAINS Thomas, shopkeeper, Station rd
RANDALL Robert, farmer
REEVES George, butcher, Station road
ROPER William, greengrocer
SAYERS Charles, White Horse inn, & fly proprietor
SAVAGE William, brick maker
SEARS John, beer retailer & shopkeeper, Lower Rainham
SIMMONS Jsph. wheelwright & blacksmith
SMART Chas. farmer, Lower Rainham
SMITH Charles, shopkeeper
STEERLA James, Three Mariners, Lower Rainham
SWAN & MILTON, brick makers, Station rd
SWAN Henry John, fruiterer, Lower Rainham
TASSELL John, brick manfr. Station road
TAYLOR James, carpenter & builder
TAYLOR James, jun. plumber & painter
TURNER George, grocer & draper
WAKELEY Brothers, merchants, corn factors & commission agents, Otterham quay,& at 13 Bouverie street, Fleet street, London e.c
WAKELEY Thomas (exors. of the late), farmers & hop growers, Moor street
WATERS Robert, shopkeeper, Station road
WALTER William, farmer & landowner, Berengrove house
WATSON Robert Durrant, farmer & brick manufacturer
WELLER Charles, grocer
WILKINS James, farmer & hop grower, Moor street
WIILS & PACKMAN, brick manufacturers
WILLIS Job, cowkeeper, Mare's Court lane
WYLES Thomas, beer retailer & shopkeeper, East Rainham