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Orpington Parish

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Your Online Parish Clerk for Orpington is:

Phil Warn.

He is open to receive queries for lookups in any relevant records held at Bromley Local Studies Library, the Record Office for Orpington.

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Orpington is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury [from 1860 to 1905 when it was returned to the diocese of Rochester], in the archdeaconry of Maidstone and in the deanery of Dartford.  The church is named All Saints with registers commencing 1560.

Orpington, a village and a parish in Bromley district, Kent.  The village stands adjacent to a station of its own name, on the Direct Tunbridge railway, 4 miles SE of Bromley;  is a pleasant place;  and has a post office under Bromley, Kent, and a fair on Holy Thursday.  The parish contains also the hamlet of Crofton and comprises 3,477 acres.  Real property in 1860, £6,142.  Population in 1851, 1,203;  in 1861, 1,727.  Houses, 320.  The increase of population arose from the operations of a building society.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor of Great Orpington belongs to Sir P. H. Dyke, Bart.;  and that of Little Orpington, to J. G. Stapelton, Esq..  Crofton Hall is the seat of sir R. M. Bromley;  Crofton House, of J. F. Skeggs, Esq.;  Aynscombe House, of A. Jackson, Esq.;  the Priory, of C. Barry, Esq.;  and Bark Hart, of H. D. Francis, Esq.

Hops and all kinds of fruit are plentifully grown.  The springs are so numerous as frequently to flood the village.  Brick making is carried on.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury;  and, till 1868, was united with St. Mary Cray.  Value, £420 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is mainly early English;  includes Norman portions;  and has a low embattled tower.

There are a British school, and charities £39.  Queen Elizabeth was entertained at Bark Hart, in 1573, by Sir P. Hart.1

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


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