|Alt names||Northend||source: hamlet in parish|
|Perry Street||source: hamlet in parish|
|Slade Green||source: hamlet in parish|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district, Suburb|
|Located in||Kent, England ( - 1965)|
|See also||Little and Lesnes Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was located|
|Dartford Rural, Kent, England||rural district of which it was part 1894-1920|
|Bexley (London Borough), Greater London, England||London 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. Originally Crayford was an ancient parish in the Little and Lesnes Hundred.
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 [registration] 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.
- Kent County Council Archive, Local Studies and Museums Service. James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ. This incorporates the Centre for Kentish Studies in Maidstone and the East Kent Archives Centre near Dover.
- Canterbury Cathedral Archives see the Archives web pages on the Canterbury Catherdral site.
- For information on the area around the Medway Towns, have a look at Medway Council's CityArk site.
- Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Kent illustrates the parish boundaries of Kent when rural districts were still in existence and before Greater London came into being. The map publication year is 1931. An earlier map of 1900 may also be useful. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
- Steve Archer has produced a very useful round-up of the available census records for Kent - and where/from whom they are available.
- Registration Districts in Kent for the period 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.
- Bishop's Transcripts for Kent parishes, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch since February 2016
- The Kent Family History Society and the North West Kent Family History Society are the most dominant, but there are also