Originally two separate settlements on either side of Watling Street, it is now separated by the A2 road and bears little resemblance to its past.
The name Singlewell, originally Shinglewell - and not therefore referring to it having the only well in the district - and its eponymous ancient well with ancient origins has now come to mean the area now part of the built-up area of Gravesend. The well was filled in during World War I. The original Watling Street is now Hever Court Road and the nearby estate named after it was built in 1957. Hever Court itself was the original home of the medieval family who moved to Hever, Kent in 1331. Hever Court eventually became derelict and was demolished in 1952.
Ifield, once a large rural parish, is now a few houses south of the main road, and the tiny church of St Margaret, with Norman architecture included in its walls. The parish formed part of the Hundred of Toltingtrough, then of Strood Rural District from 1894 until it was abolished in 1935, when it was split between Cobham and the Municipal Borough of Gravesend.