Place:Crayford, Kent, England

TypeTown, Urban district, Suburb
Coordinates51.4491°N 0.1812°E
Located inKent, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoDartford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1920
Bexley (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough into which the municipal borough was transferred in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Crayford is a town and electoral ward in London Borough of Bexley in southeast Greater London, England. It is located near the border of Greater London with the county of Kent, bordering Kent's Dartford Borough. It lies east of Bexleyheath and northwest of Dartford.

Prior to the expansion of Greater London in 1965, Crayford was an urban district in Kent. As a civil parish in Dartford Rural District (before 1920) it included the hamlets of North End, Perry Street and Slade Green, all of which lie to the north of the town of Crayford.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Crayford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CRAYFORD, a village and a parish in Dartford district, Kent. The village stands on the rivulet Cray, near the Lee and Dartford railway, 1½ mile W by N of Dartford; and has a post office under London SE, and a r. station. It was once a market-town; and it still has a fair on 8 Sept. It is the Creccanford of the Saxon Chronicle; and was the scene of the battle, in 457, between Hengist and Vortigern. The parish includes also the hamlets of Northend and Slade-Green. Acres: 2,474; of which 90 are water. Real property: £13,738. Population: 3,103. Houses: 598. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged, at Domesday, to the see of Canterbury. May Place, a building partly of the time of James I., now a farm-house, was the seat of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel.
"Numerous caverns, of great depth, with narrow mouths, but ample vaulted interior, exist in chalk rocks of this parish and the neighbouring heaths; and are thought by many persons to have been formed by the ancient Britons for retreat in the time of war. Some large establishments for silk and calico printing, and some large saw-mills, are on the rivulet near the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £869. Patron: T. Austen, Esq. The church is ancient; was recently restored; and has an altar-piece, given by Sir Cloudesley Shovel. There are chapels for Baptists and Roman Catholics, and a national school."

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Crayford.

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