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Your Online Parish Clerk for Farningham is:  VACANT.  

Farningham is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Shoreham.  The church is named for St. Peter and St. Paul with registers commencing 1589.

Farningham, is a village, a parish and a sub-district in Dartford district, Kent.  The village stands on the river Darent, in a fine valley between ridges of chalk hills, 1-1/2 mile south by west of a station of its own name on the Mid Kent railway, and 4-1/2 south of Dartford;  was known at Domesday as Ferninghame;  was once a market town;  and has now a post office with a savings banks and a money order office under Dartford, a hotel, a four-arched bridge across the Darent, a monthly cattle market, and a fair on 15 October.  The parish comprises 2,708 acres.  Real property in 1860, £5,232.  Population in 1861, 944.  Houses, 151.  The property is divided among a few.  There were formerly paper-mills.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £300 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is chiefly early English, with a later English tower;  and has an octagonal, figured, later English font, a brass of a vicar of 1451, and four other brasses.

There is a Wesleyan chapel.  Roperís charity, shared also by other places, has £91;  and other charities have £86.

The sub-district contains eleven parishes.  Acres, 22,465.  Population in 1861, 6,110.  Houses, 1,102.

The sub-district of Farningham, contains the parishes of Farningham, Horton-Kirby, Eynesford, Lullingstone, Kingsdown, Ridley, Ash, Hartley, Fawkham, Longfield and Southfleet.1

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

 

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