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Your Online Parish Clerk for Queenborough is:  VACANT.  

Queenborough is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Sittingbourne.  The church is named for Holy Trinity with original parish registers commencing 1719, Archdeacon's transcripts from 1570 and Bishop's transcripts from 1611.

Queenborough, is a village and a parish in Sheppey district, Kent.  The village stands on the Swale, near the Medway, and on the Sittingbourne and Sheerness railway, 2 miles south of Sheerness;  superseded a Saxon place called Cymingburg, or King’s Castle, where annual courts were held;  was founded, along with a castle, by Edward III., and called Queenborough in compliment to his queen Philippa;  received a charter from Edward III., placing it under the government of a mayor, two bailiffs, and other officers;  sent two members to parliament from the time of Elizabeth, till disfranchised by the reform act of 1832;  was long a staple for wool;  had once a weekly market;  passed into a state of decadence;  underwent some slight revival in the years preceding 1861;  carries on an active oyster fishery, and has the oldest cooperas manufactory in England;  consists of one main street;  and has a post office with a savings banks and a money order office under Sheerness, a railway station with telegraph, a guild hall, a church, a good national school, a fair on 5 August, and charities £51.

The castle was erected after designs by William of Wykeham;  was repaired by Richard II., Henry VIII., and Elizabeth;  was taken down in the time of the Commonwealth;  and is now represented by only a well and the remains of the moat and glacis.  The well was re-opened in 1860, and is 271 feet deep.

The church has an ancient tower, probably Norman;  and, in 1868, was much out of repair.  There are also Independent and Wesleyan chapels.

The parish comprises 400 acres of land, and 100 of water.  Real property in 1860, £2,525;  of which £500 are in fisheries.  Population in 1851, 722;  in 1861, 973.  Houses, 157.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £100 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Corporation.1

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


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