Pigots 1840 - Kent

Newington & Rainham


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Newington is a small village and parish, in the hundred of Milton and lathe of Scray; situate on the high road from London to Dover, about midway between each place and 3½ miles west from Milton. It is supposed that this now unimportant village was in early days of some consequence, and that it was the site of the Roman Durolevum. The ancient Watling Street crosses the parish; and in a field called “Crock Field” abundance of Roman urns, and other vessels have been found at different times. This village retains nothing at the present day to attract particular attention, the church being the only building of any prominence; this is a handsome structure, principally in the English style; it is dedicated to St Mary and the living is a vicarage, in the patronage of the provost and fellows of Eaton College. The parish contained in 1831, 730 inhabitants.


Three miles from Newington, in the same hundred is the village and parish of Rainham; the former being situated on the main road to Dover; and the latter is bounded on the north by the Medway. The church which is dedicated to St Margaret, worthy of remark chiefly as containing several costly monuments to the Tuftons, Earls of Thanet; no fewer than eight Earls and six Countesses of Thanet lie interred here, together with children and relatives. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The occupation of the majority of the inhabitants is connected with agriculture. The population of the parish in 1831, was 1222.


POST OFFICE – Rainham, John VINTEN, Postmaster. Letters for both places arrive and are despatched to Sittingbourne daily.




ABBOTT Thomas esq, Rainham

ANDREWS Rev Thomas, Rainham

GALE Rev Thomas, Rainham

LUDGATER Mr William, Newington

RUCK Mr Richard, Manor house, Newington

SANKEY Samuel esq, Rainham

WAKELEY Thomas esq, East Moor st, Rainham

WAKELEY W L esq, East Moor st, Rainham

WOODRUFF Rev John, Upchurch

WRIGHT Rev C, Newington




FRIEND George Dear, surgeon, Newington

FRIEND John, surgeon, Rainham

TAYLOR Rebec. school mistress,  Rainham

VINTEN John, school master, Rainham




Bull, William ROPER, Newington

Cricketers, Thomas HARRIS, Rainham

George, Thomas STEVENS, Newington

Green Lion, William GIBBS, Rainham

Old George & Dragon, John STONEHAM, Rainham

White Hart, Ann BRETT, Newington

White Horse, William MOSS, Rainham




ALLSWORTH Henry Jos, tailor, Rainham

ALLSWORTH William, tailor, Newington

ATKINS Mark & Jas, maltsters, Rainham

BAKER Henry, maltster, Rainham

BEAUMONT Edward, boot maker, Rainham

BEAUMONT Jno, boot maker, Newington

BLEEZE William Peck, baker, Rainham

BOWES William, bricklayer, Newington

BRIGGS Ferdinand Martin, grocer & draper, Newington

BURGESS John, grocer & draper, Newington

BURLEY Joseph, tailor, Newington

CALLAWAY Benj, carpenter, Newington

CALLAWAY Benj jun, plumber, Newington

CATT George, butcher, Newington

CHAMP Henry, baker, Newington

CHEESMAN William, boot maker, Newington

CLIFFORD Jas, ironmonger & smith, Newington

FOSTER Robert, miller, Newington

FRID James, carpenter, Rainham

GARRETT William, saddler, Rainham

HARRIS Thomas, gardener, Rainham

IVES & WHIBLEY, grocers & drapers, Newington

KENNETT Thos, boot maker, Newington

KERSLAKE Caroline, linen draper, Rainham

KNOTT Peter, carpenter, Newington

LAMPARD Jno, blacksmith, Rainham

LONGLEY George, nurseryman, Rainham

MOSS William, grocer, Rainham

MOYCE Mary Ann, grocer, Rainham

OST William, hairdresser, Newington

PACKER Thomas, basket maker, Rainham

PHIPPS Jno, wheelwright, Rainham

POLLEY James, gardener, Rainham

POLLEY Jonathan, gardener, Rainham

ROPER William wheelwright, Newington

SIMMONS Joseph, wheelwright & smith, Rainham

SPRADBROW James William, grocer & draper, Newington

TAYLOR James, carpenter, Rainham

TAYLOR Jas jun plumber, Rainham

TAYLOR Josiah, brazier, Rainham

WATCHURST Jas, bricklayer, Rainham

WATSON Robert, butcher, Rainham




To and from London, Rochester, Canterbury, Dover &c. pass through Rainham daily.


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