Place:Stone near Dartford, Kent, England

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NameStone near Dartford
Alt namesStone-near-Dartfordsource: alternate spelling
Stonesource: main village in parish
Beansource: settlement in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.45°N 0.267°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoAxstane Dartford and Wilmington Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Dartford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Dartford District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

NOTE: There are THREE PLACES NAMED STONE in Kent: Stone near Dartford, Stone next Faversham and Stone cum Ebony.


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Stone is a civil parish since 1974 in the Dartford Borough or District of Kent, England. It is located east of the town of Dartford.

The parish (including the hamlet of Bean--redirected here) was part of Axstane Hundred and later of Dartford Rural District.

History

the following text is based on the section entitled "History" from the article in Wikipedia

Iron Age pottery and artefacts have been found here proving it to be an ancient settlement site. The 13th-century parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin at Stone, was known as the "Lantern of Kent" from its beacon light known to all sailors on the river. It is one of Kent's most dramatic churches and is renowned for its Gothic sculpture made by the masons who built Westminster Abbey. The Grade I listing entry narrates that each spandrel is either identical or almost identical to those at Westminster Abbey and therefore dates to 1260 (the date of construction for Westminster Abbey). It also describes the North Chapel built for Sir Richard Wiltshire's death in 1527. (Source:English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1085810)". National Heritage List for England.)

Stone Castle

Located about a mile to the south of Greenhithe and just north of the Roman Watling Street, Stone Castle dates from the mid-11th century and is thought to have been constructed without license during the reign of King Stephen, but was later permitted to remain by King Henry II after his accession to the throne.

The castle was built almost entirely of flint. The only surviving portion of the original medieval castle intact is its large rectangular tower, rising 40 feet in height. An adjoining Georgian house was built onto the tower by Sir Richard Wiltshire; in 1527 Cardinal Wolsey stayed at his house while passing through the district. The property remains in the ownership of the Church of England.

Research Tips

  • 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
  • Wikipedia does not have an article on Sir Richard Wiltshire.
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