Pigots 1840 - Kent



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A market town and parish in the liberty of Romney Marsh, hundred of Langport and lathe of Shepway, 70 miles SE from London, 36 SE from Maidstone, and 3 E from Romney – situated in the marshes, at the southern extremity of the county, near to the coast of the English Channel, and contiguous to a point of land which forms the bay of Dungeness; it is a clean and respectable looking little town, but being a place of no thoroughfare, nether the animation of trade nor the activity of commerce is perceptible amongst its inhabitants.  The municipal government is vested in a bailiff, jurats and freemen; and as a member of a cinque port, being attached to New Romney, it shares in the peculiar privileges possessed by these towns. There are general quarter sessions, and a gaol delivery was formerly held in November, but for some years the town has compounded with the county for the trial of such prisoners as commit offences within its jurisdiction.


The church dedicated to All Saints, is an edifice of considerable antiquity, having a large tower of crocketted pinnacles; the church is supposed to have been erected about the time of Edward III, but is dissimilar with in its styles of architecture; the interior contains a few monumental brasses, so ancient that the inscriptions upon them are nearly obliterated. The benefice is a vicarage and rectory combined, in the presentation of the see of Canterbury. The Wesleyan methodists have a chapel in the liberty, where there likewise is a national school. Within four miles of Lydd is the Dungeness lighthouse, the principal object of curiosity in the vicinity; this most useful public structure was erected at the sole expense of the Earl of Leicester, under the superintendence of the late Mr James WYATT, architect. A weekly but indifferently attended market is held on Thursday, and a fair for pedlery on the last Monday in July. The population of this parish has been on the decrease since 1811; at that period the number of inhabitants was 1504 – 1821, 1467 – and in 1831, 1357.


POST OFFICE – Jesse SMITH, Postmaster. Letters from New Romney arrive (by foot post), every morning at ten, and are despatched every at a half past four.




BURTON Rev Charles James

DENNE David esq

DENNE Mrs Elizabeth

FAGG Matthew esq

LADSON Rev Thomas

MAXTED John esq



ROFE Charles esq




BERRY Robert, surgeon

LADSON Rev Thomas, academy

PLOMLEY Francis, surgeon

REELEY John, schoolmaster




Dolphin, Richard BLACKLOCK

George, William HUTCHINS

New Inn, Henry GILBERT




ALLEN Richard, bookseller, fire office agent & library & reading rooms

ALLEN Richard, grocer & draper

ARNOLD Richard Thomas, grocer & draper

BAKER Clifford, boot & shoemaker

BARTHOLOMEW James, tailor

BASS William, grocer, draper & auctioneer

BATES George, corn dealer

BURKETT Edward, butcher

BUSS Jas, registrar of births & deaths

COLE Richard, boot & shoemaker

COLE Thomas, blacksmith

EDWARDS Henry, boot & shoemaker

EDWARDS John, coal merchant

ESTALL James, saddler

FINN George, grocer & draper

FINN George, carpenter & wheelwright

FINN Thomas, miller

GILBERT Jesse, watchmaker

GREEN David, brewer & coal merchant

HAISELL John, bricklayer

JELL George, hairdresser

JELL James, plumber

JONES Edward, carpenter

LEEDS James, butcher

LEPPER Augustine, carpenter

LONGLEY & TERRY, ship agents

LONGLEY Eleanor, straw hat maker

LONGLEY William, baker

MANN Alfred, hairdresser

MASTERS Geo, grocer, draper & tailor

MILGATE Mary Ann, milliner

MILLS Thomas, carpenter

MITTELL John, tailor

MITTELL Samuel, butcher

PAIN Edward, baker

PIPER Jane, bricklayer

POPE William, boot & shoe maker

RAMSDEN Elizabeth, milliner

SARGENT George, boot & shoe maker

SMITH George, boot & shoe maker

SMITH Jesse, boot & shoe maker

SMITHERS Jno, blacksmith & ironmonger

WALKER Elizabeth, baker

WALKER John, veterinary surgeon

WHITE Alfred, grocer & draper

WHITE Thomas, brewer




To Ashford, a Van, from the George, every morning (Sunday excepted), at half past eight.




To Dover, Hythe & Folkestone, Thomas HEDGCOCK and Thomas WOOD every Monday & Thursday morning.


To Rye, James BUSS and Thomas WOOD, every Wednesday & Saturday.


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