Place:Crayford, Kent, England

Alt namesBarnehurstsource: 20th century suburb in parish
Barnes Craysource: hamlet in parish
Northendsource: hamlet in parish
Perry Streetsource: hamlet in parish
Slade Greensource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district, Suburb
Coordinates51.4491°N 0.1812°E
Located inKent, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoLittle and Lesnes Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Dartford 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 Barnes Cray, North End, Perry Street and Slade Green, all of which lie to the north of the town of Crayford. Barnehurst was more of a 20th century suburb. 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.

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.
  • Census records for Kent are available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast. The first site is free; the other two are pay sites but have access to microfilmed images. Steve Archer produced a very useful round-up of the available sources, but this information may not be up to date.
  • 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.
  • England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 The full database from Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, has been available online from FamilySearch since June 2016.
  • Kent had five family history societies (now only four):
  • Volume 2 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1926) is available online through the auspices of British History Online. It includes accounts of the early history of Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals, and of several sites now within the conurbation of London.
  • Volume 3 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1932) This includes the text of, and the index to, the Kent Domesday survey. It has been provided by the Kent Archaeological Society.
  • In place of the other volumes of the Victoria County History, British History Online has transcriptions of the numerous volumes of The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent by Edward Hasted (originally published 1797)
  • English Jurisdictions 1851, a parish finding aid provided by FamilySearch, is particularly helpful in locating parishes in large ancient towns and cities like Canterbury.
  • Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson
  • GENUKI lists other possible sources, however, it does not serve Kent so well as it does some other counties.
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