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Eynsford Parish


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Debra Buchanan.

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Eynsford [by Order-in-Council of 30 December 1845] is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Maidstone.  Formerly, it had been in the diocese of Rochester, in the archdeaconry of Rochester and St. Albans.  The church is named for St. Martin with registers commencing 1538.

Eynsford, a village and a parish in Dartford district, Kent.  The village stands on the river Darent, adjacent to the Seven Oaks branch of the London and Dover railway, 5-1/2 miles south of Dartford;  and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Dartford.  The parish includes also the hamlet of Crockenhill.  Acres, 3,503.  Real property in 1860, £6,682.  Population in 1851, 1,323;  in 1861, 1,738.  Houses, 261.  The increase in population arose from house-extension at Crockenhill, and from the carrying on of railway works.

The manor belonged anciently to the archbishops of Canterbury;  was held, under them, till the time of Edward I, by the family of Eynesford, or Ainsford;  passed then to the great family of Criol;  and went afterwards to numerous proprietors.  A castle was built on it, by the Eynesfords [sic];  seems early to have fallen into decay;  and is now represented by little more than the walls.  These enclosed nearly an acre of ground;  are of Norman architecture;  consist of flints from the chalk, with intermixture of many Roman bricks;  and include fragments of the keep.  The moat has been converted into an orchard.

There are large paper mills, amid orchards and cherry gardens.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £410 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is chiefly early English;  has a rich Norman west door;  is cruciform;  and has a later English north transept.  The vicarage of Crockenhill is separate.

There are a Baptist chapel, two public schools, and charities £48.

Crockenhill, a chapelry in Eynesford [sic] and St. Mary Cray parishes, Kent;  near the Mid Kent railway, 1-1/4 mile southwest of Sevenoaks Junction station, and 6-1/2 miles east-south-east of Bromley.  Post town, Eynesford, under Dartford.  Population in 1861, 677.  Houses, 121.  The chapelry was constituted in 1852.  The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £100 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is in the early English style.1

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

 

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