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Horton Kirby Parish

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Horton Kirby is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Dartford.  The church is named for St. Mary with registers commencing 1679.

Horton Kirby is a village and a parish in Dartford district, Kent.  The village stands on the river Darent, 1/2 a mile south-south-east of Farningham rail station, and 4-1/2 miles south-south-east of Dartford;  and has a post office under Dartford.  The parish contains also the hamlets of Pinden and Dean Bottom, and part of South Darenth.  Acres, 2,813.  Real property in 1860, £6,638.  Population in 1851, 747;  in 1861, 867.  Houses, 156.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor was held, at Domesday, by Anschitill de Ros, under Bishop Odo;  remained with the family of de Ros till the time of Lora, called the "Lady of Horton" and went, by marriage with her, to the family of Kirkby, who previously owned adjacent lands.  Horton Castle was founded, soon after the Conquest, by the de Ros;  was rebuilt, in the time of Edward I, by Roger de Kirkby;  seems to have been either rebuilt again or largely restored and altered, at a subsequent period;  and is now represented by very considerable remains.  Franks is a fine Tudor edifice;  was built, in the time of Elizabeth by Alderman Bathurst;  is now the residence of R. Bradford, Esq.;  and was recently restored at great expense.  Extensive paper mills are at South Darenth.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £214 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Rev. G. Rashleigh.  The church is mainly early English, but has a modern tower, is cruciform, with the tower rising from the intersection;  has arcades round the interior of the transepts;  and contains some remains of Roman pavement, and two brasses of the 16th century.  There are a national school and charities of £30.

Pinden is wholly in Horton Kirby parish, 3-1/4 miles south of Dartford.

Dean Bottom is wholly in Horton Kirby parish, 3-1/4 miles south of Dartford.  Population in 1861, 63.

South Darenth is partly in Horton Kirby parish and partly in Darenth parish, on the river Darent;  3 miles south-south-east of Dartford.  It is also known by the name of Upper Darenth.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).


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