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Wingham is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Bridge. The church is named for St. Mary the Virgin with registers commencing 1568.
Wingham is a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred in Kent. The village stands 2-1/4 miles north-north-east of Adisham rail station, and 6 miles east-by-south of Canterbury; was the meeting place, in the 23rd year of Edward I, of the clergy for sending members to parliament; was once a market town; gives the title of Baron to Earl Cowper; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post office with a money order office and savings bank, under Sandwich; an inn, and fairs on 12 May and 12 November.
The parish comprises 2,641 acres. Real property in 1860, £7,872. Population in 1861, 1,060. Houses, 236.
The manor belongs to Sir H. C. Oxenden, Bart.. A palace of the archbishops of Canterbury stood here; and was visited by Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III.
The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £114, with a habitable glebe house. Patron, N. Bridges, Esq.. The church is decorated and later English; has a tower and spire; and was once collegiate.
There are Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £5. Bishop Henry de Wengeham was a native.
The sub-district contains six parishes and a part, and is in Eastry district. Acres, 8,447. Population in 1861, 2,878. Houses, 619.
The hundred contains 5 parishes, and is in St. Augustine lathe. Acres, 16,467. Population in 1851, 4,702. Houses, 926.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).
Under the History section on the Wingham Village web site are some Marriage records and a translation of the Doomsday book entry.
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