Pigots 1840 - Kent

Sittingbourne & Milton with the parishes of Teynham & Linstead with the hamlet of Greenstreet & neighbourhoods


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Sittingbourne is a very neat and respectable post town and parish in the hundred of Milton and lathe of Scray; 40 miles ESE from London and 16 WNW from Canterbury, situated on the main road between these two cities, and in a delightful and highly fertile part of the county. By means of Milton Creek, which bounds the parish on the north and is navigable at Crown quay, hoys sail hence to London; so that from this circumstance and that of its great thoroughfare, Sittingbourne is happy in its local advantages. Here are three good inns, particularly the “George”, which for elegance of accommodation and general convenience and comfort may vie with the best regulated establishment of the kingdom. Sittingbourne is one of the polling stations at the election of members to represent East Kent.


The church dedicated to St Michael, is a very fine structure, principally built of flint, and exhibits a rather brilliant appearance when subjected to the action of the suns rays. A destructive fire in 1762 did considerable injury to this edifice and destroyed several valuable and interesting monuments; there are remaining, however, other well meriting notice, together with an enriched octagonal font of great beauty. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the see of Canterbury, and present incumbency of the Rev A H Duthie. The charities comprise a national school and workhouse, with some parochial gifts and benefactions to the poor. Sittingbourne formerly enjoyed many valuable privileges but through neglect most of them have been ineffective. Elizabeth granted a weekly market and two annual fairs; the former was soon discontinued; the latter are held on Whit Monday and October 11th, for linen and woollen goods, hardware &c.; and a great monthly market on Tuesdays. The parish contained by the returns of 1831, 2182 inhabitants.


Milton (anciently Middletun), is a market town and parish, in the hundred of its name and late of Scray; the parish adjoins to that of Sittingbourne, and the two towns are distant from each other about half a mile. A branch of the Swale comes up to Milton and there are several large pieces of water used for mill ponds; upon these are mills for grinding corn and one for the making of paper. The chief trade of the place however, arises from its fishery; the transmission of corn to the metropolis and bringing back various goods for the use of the surrounding  country are also other sources of emolument ; but its oyster fishery is of the highest importance, and a very large capital is embarked therein; part of the manor and hundred of Milton produces the finest oysters in the world – they are known in the London market as the “Milton natives”. This fishery is of very high antiquity; and the fish taken here are supposed to be alluded to by Juvenal in his 4th satire as being reckoned a delicacy even in his time. A portreive for the hundreds of Milton and Marden, with a warden, are chosen on 25th July, at a court baron; the manor courts and public meetings are held at the market place, under which is the town prison.


The church is an ancient and handsome structure, with a fine tower of flint; it is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and the living is a vicarage, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. There are places of worship for independents and Wesleyan Methodists and national schools for the instruction of both sexes. The market day is Saturday and the annual fairs are held on 24th July and 10th October for cattle and toys. The parish contained, by the last returns, 2233 inhabitants.


Greenstreet is a village partly in the parish of Teynham and partly in that of Linstead, in the hundred of Teynham and lathe of Scray, on the high road from London to the coast; three miles from Sittingbourne. It is not a place of business, independent of that produced from its thoroughfare situation. The “Dover Castle” here is an excellent inn excellently conducted both as a commercial and posting establishment. The church of Teynham dedicated to St Mary, is a large and handsome building, in the form of a cross with an embattled tower at the west end. The benefice is a vicarage in the gift of the archdeacon of Canterbury. It was at Teynham that Richard Harris, fruiterer to King Henry VIII, planted 105 acres of orchard and cherry ground, from which plantations, it is believed that all the cherry gardens and apple orchards in Kent took their rise. The church of Linstead, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, received some years since an addition of one hundred and fifty free sittings towards defraying the expense of which the incorporated society contributed. A stock fair is held at the village Greenstreet on the 1st of May. The population of Linstead parish in 1831 was 952, and that of Teynham 753.


POST OFFICE – Sittingbourne, William marsh, Postmaster. Letters from London, Chatham, Rochester &c. arrive every morning at one and are despatched at two. Letters from Faversham, Canterbury, Dover, Deal, Margate & Ramsgate arrive every morning at two and are despatched at one. Letters from Sheerness arrive (by foot post), every night at nine and are despatched every morning at four.


POST – Milton. Letters arrive from and are despatched to Sittingbourne daily.




BALDWIN Rev Alfred, Greenstreet

BARLING John esq,

BARROW Mr John, Borden

BATE Mr John, Sittingbourne

BLAKE Mrs, Sittingbourne

BLAXLAND Edward esq, Teynham Court lodge

BRADDEN Rev Edward Nicholas, Milton

BRADLEY Francis esq, Core Court

CHAMBERS Sir Samuel, Bredgar

CLIFFORD Mr John, Sittingbourne

COBB Miss Catherine, Sittingbourne

COLLEY Thomas esq, Bobbing

COOPER Rev Richard, Sittingbourne

CROWFORD Rev William Henry, Linstead

CURRY Rev C, Borden

DUTHIE Rev Archibald Hamilton, Sittingbourne

DYKE Captain John D, Milstead

ELVY Mrs Sarah Ann, Babchild

EVEREST Mr Tristram, Sittingbourne

FAIRMAN Samuel esq, (magistrate), Bobbing

FAIRMAN Thomas esq, Rhode house

GASCOYNE William, esq, Babchild

GREAVES Rev George, Sittingbourne

HAMBLY Mrs Elizabeth, Sittingbourne

HARMAN William esq, Linstead

HASSELL Mrs, Sittingbourne

HINDE Robert esq, Milton

HINDE Robert jun esq, Milton

HOMEWOOD Mr Edward, Ufton Court, Tunstall

ISMAY Mr William, Milton

JAMES Rev Henry, Greenstreet

KNIGHT Mr Thomas, Bobbing

LAKE Mr John, Babchild

LAKE Mrs William, Linstead

LAW Francis esq, Woodstock

LUSHINGTON William esq, New House

MATSON John esq, Rodmersham

MUNN William esq, Rose hill, Sittingbourne

MURTON Thomas esq, Bredgar

MURTON William esq, Tunstall

PALMER Mr John, Chalkwell cottage

POORE Rev John (DD), Murston

RUFF Mr Thomas, Sittingbourne

SIMPSON Rev George, Glover house, Sittingbourne

STROUTS Edward esq, Kingsdown

TONG Mr John, Sittingbourne

TRACY George Monk esq, Murton house

TYLER The Hon Major, Linstead house

VALLANCE Thomas esq, Sittingbourne

WALTAR William esq, Sittingbourne

WATSON John esq, Woodcocks

WILMER Rev Thomas George, Borden


ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS – not otherwise described are Day Schools


BRIGHTMAN William, Milton

COWLAND Sophia Ann, Sittingbourne

ELFICK Sarah, Milton

HEAD Thomas, (boarding & day), Sittingbourne

HOGWOOD Sarah, Sittingbourne

National School, Milton, Richard Child BARNARD, master; Jane HOBBS, mistress

National School, Sittingbourne, John HOGWOOD, master; Mrs MUNTER, mistress

NICHOLS Margaret, (boarding), Greenstreet

NICHOLS Richard, Greenstreet

NOWERS Anne & Louisa, Greenstreet

PYE Elizabeth, Greenstreet

RICHARDS Sarah, (boarding & day), Sittingbourne

SMITH Thomas, Sittingbourne

STILES William, Greenstreet

TAYLOR Sarah, Greenstreet

WHITNALL Sarah & Kate,  (boarding & day), Sittingbourne




BATHURST Richard, Sittingbourne

FAWKENER & RUSSELL, Sittingbourne & Chatham

HINDE John, Milton & Sittingbourne

HINDE Robert, (coroner for Kent, treasurer of Milton Union & superintendent registrar), Sittingbourne

HINDE Robert jun, (clerk of Milton Union, steward of Milton Manor and town clerk of Queenborough &c.), Milton

HINDE Robert, Robert & John, Milton




JORDAN John, Milton

SMITH John, Sittingbourne




ALDERTON John, Milton

BIGG Benjamin, Milton

CHAMPION Samuel, Babchild

CLIFFORD John, Sittingbourne

COCKELL Thomas, Greenstreet

HARTRIDGE William, Milton

HENNES John, (biscuit), Sittingbourne

JAY William, Sittingbourne

KIMMINS James, Greenstreet

OWLETT John, Milton

PRICE William, Milton

REEVE Thomas, Sittingbourne

SAYWELL Richard, Sittingbourne

SCOTT John, Milton

SMEAD William, Sittingbourne

SNELLING Daniel, Milton

WANSTALL Richard, Greenstreet

WEBB John, Sittingbourne

WILLSON Henry, Milton

WRATTEN Jesse, Babchild




VALLANCE William & Son, Sittingbourne – draw upon Spooner, Attwoods & Co, London




COPPEN Thomas, Milton

PACKER John, Sittingbourne




BEAN Thomas, Milton

BISHOP Thomas, Sittingbourne

BLUNT Thomas, (farrier), Milton

BRENCHLEY David, Greenstreet

BUGGS Thomas, Milton

BURTON Richard, (& whitesmith and bellhanger), Sittingbourne

BUSBRIDGE Edward, Greenstreet

DODD John, Milton

DOWN James, Milton

FLOOD William, Greenstreet

JENNER Samuel, Milton

KNOWLES Henry D, Greenstreet

WISE William, Sittingbourne




PEAKE George, Milton

TAYLOR Stephen, Sittingbourne




BRIGHTMAN William, Milton

COULTER Jno Edmund, Sittingbourne

EDMONDS William, Sittingbourne

MARSH William, Sittingbourne

SENIOR Ann, Sittingbourne




CHEESMAN George, Sittingbourne

CHEESMAN John, Babchild

DUNCAN James, Greenstreet

FLOOD Thomas, Greenstreet

GOLDSMITH John, Sittingbourne

GOODGER William, Milton

HARNDEN William, Sittingbourne

HOGWOOD Benjamin, Sittingbourne

HUMPHREYS Josiah, Greenstreet

HUNT Thomas, Milton

KEMP Henry Stephen, Greenstreet

LEEDS Joseph, Milton

READ John, Greenstreet

RUSSELL Gabriel, Milton

SARGENT Robert, Sittingbourne

SAYWELL Samuel, Babchild

SMITH Theophilus, Sittingbourne

SNELLING Thomas, Sittingbourne

SUTTON Thomas, Sittingbourne

WAKEFIELD John, Milton

WOOD James, Milton

WOOD Thomas Rolfe, Sittingbourne




BATE Harriet, Sittingbourne

VALENCE William, Sittingbourne




ASHENDEN Edward, Bobbing & Sittingbourne

BOWLE Edward, Sittingbourne

HUGGENS John, Sittingbourne

KELCEY James, Babchild




BLAXLAND John, (& statuary), Milton

BLAXLAND Thos, (& statuary), Milton

BOWES Ralph, Milton

BOWES William, Chalkwell hill

MAYTUM John, Greenstreet

PHILPOTT Charlotte, Sittingbourne

SNELLING Stephen, Sittingbourne

TANTON John, Milton

VICK Thomas, (& statuary), Milton

WILLSON George, Milton




BARNES Robert, Sittingbourne

BONNY John, Sittingbourne

BOULDING Frank, Greenstreet

BOULDING George, Sittingbourne

BRETT James, Milton

BRISLEY John, Babchild

CLAPSON George, Green st

MARTIN Samuel, Milton

SMITH Edward, Sittingbourne

STROUTS Robert, Milton

TAGG John, Milton

WARREN Thomas, Babchild

WEBB Henry, Milton





IRONMONGER William, Sittingbourne

PAIN James, Greenstreet

REASON Thomas Filmer, Sittingbourne

WILLIAMS Jno, (turner), Sittingbourne




BOTTLE Edward, Sittingbourne

CLEAVE Walter, Sittingbourne

FORSTER William, Milton

FROST Thomas, Greenstreet

FULLMAN Thomas, Sittingbourne

GOLDFINCH John, Milton

LYON Samuel, Sittingbourne

MANNOCK John, Greenstreet

THOMAS Edmund, Milton

TIDY Henry, Sittingbourne

VALLANCE Mary, Greenstreet




CLATWORTHY George, Milton

COLLEY William, Sittingbourne

IVES Mark, (& dealer in British Wines), Sittingbourne




GOLDFINCH George, Milton

GORDELIER Paul William, Sittingbourne

MEDWIN Aaron, (dispensing & tea dealer), Sittingbourne

NOWERS William, Greenstreet

SMITH John, Sittingbourne




MASTERS Stephen & John, Sittingbourne

TERRY William, Greenstreet




BARNARD James, Sittingbourne

COURT Stephen, Milton

DRAYSON Agnes, Sittingbourne

REDMAN Thomas, Chalkwell hill

SELLEN William, Sittingbourne




HUGGENS John, Sittingbourne

JAY William, (corn), Sittingbourne

PANTON Thomas, (seed & corn), Sittingbourne

SMITH Charles, Milton




Kent, John SMITH, Sittingbourne

Norwich Union, James Thomas FLOOD, Greenstreet; and Theophilus SMITH, Sittingbourne

Phoenix, Sarah WHITE & Son, (& engine station house), Sittingbourne




TAGG Richard, Milton

THOMAS Edward, Sittingbourne




FAIRBEARD William, (& nurserymen), Greenstreet

GIBBS Edward, Sittingbourne

PANTON Thomas, Sittingbourne




COCKELL Thomas, Greenstreet

HADWAY Charles, Sittingbourne




BARROWS Thomas, Greenstreet

BOURN Henry, Milton

BUDD Daniel, Milton

CHAMP James, Greenstreet

CHAMPION Samuel, Babchild

CLATWORTHY George, Milton

COLLEY William Chapman, Sittingbourne

DUTNALL William, Milton

ELFICK Edward, Milton

FLOOD Ann, Greenstreet

FORDRED John, Key st

GOODHEW Jesse, Milton

HEWETT William, Milton

HOGBEN David, Sittingbourne

HOGWOOD Edward, Milton

IRONMONGER William, Milton

IVES Mark, (wholesale & retail), Sittingbourne

JARRETT Richard, Sittingbourne

LEMMEY John, Milton

MARTIN Ebenezer, Greenstreet

MILWAY John, Milton

OST Alice Caroline, Milton

PACKER John, Milton

PACKER Stephen Greenstreet

PAYN James, Greenstreet

PHILLIPS Luke, Milton

READ John, Greenstreet

REDMAN Thomas, Chalkwell hill

REEEVES Henry, Babchild

RENSHAW James, Sittingbourne

SAYWELL Richard, Sittingbourne

SCOONES Thomas, Borden

SMITH John, Sittingbourne

STAGG Benjamin, Milton

TANTON John, Milton

TONGE George, Sittingbourne

WILLCOCK Ann, Sittingbourne

WOOD Charles, Milton




COOPER William, Milton

EASTES William, Sittingbourne

PILCHER Henry, Sittingbourne

TAYLOR Thomas, Sittingbourne

WEBB William, Milton




HUGGENS John, Milton

SMITH Charles, Milton




Bull, William LUNNISS, Sittingbourne

Dover Castle and Commercial Inn, (posting house, corn exchange and post office), Richard Storr COBB, Greenstreet

George Hotel, (& posting house), Isaac GREEN, Sittingbourne

Lion, George COOK, Sittingbourne

Rose, Robert Petman HAMS, Sittingbourne




JORDAN Charles, Milton

THOMAS Edmund, Milton

WHITE Sarah, (& brazier), Sittingbourne




BARNES George, Sittingbourne

ELFICK Edward, Milton

HUNTER Robert, Green st

JAY James, Milton

PACKER Stephen, Greenstreet

READ John, Greenstreet

SMITH John, Sittingbourne

STAGG Benjamin, Milton

TONGE George, Sittingbourne

VIPOND David Wesley, (& silk mercer), Sittingbourne

WHIBLEY Richard, Sittingbourne




BATE William, Sittingbourne

SNOARD Richard, Milton

STEVENS Benjamin, Kingsdown

TONGE George, Sittingbourne




BARNETT John, Newnham

GOORD John, Bobbing

JARRETT William, Bobbing

KELCEY James, Babchild

LAY John, Milton

LISHMAN William, Milton

SCOTT John, Milton

SNOARD Richard, Milton

STONE William, Greenstreet

WICKHAM Humphrey, Milton




BERRY Elizabeth, Sittingbourne

BRIGHTMAN Mary Ann, Milton

CHESSON Jane, Sittingbourne

SARGENT Martha, Sittingbourne




BENTLEY John, (& ironfounder), Milton

COOPER Jas, (& engineer), Sittingbourne




HEDGECOCK John, Sittingbourne

JORDAN Charles, Milton

JORDAN Lawrence, Milton

KNOWLES Thomas, (& carver and gilder), Sittingbourne

LAKE George Wilson, Sittingbourne

TILLEY Thomas, Sittingbourne




BAKER George, (& seed crusher), Sittingbourne and Tunstall




BOTTLE William, Greenstreet

GARRETT William, Sittingbourne

KEMP William, Greenstreet

TAYLOR James, Milton

TURNER Thomas, Sittingbourne




PEAKE George, (& smack owner), Milton

WEBSTER John, Milton




BRIGHTMAN Mary Ann, Milton

PARSON Amy, Sittingbourne

SARGENT Elizabeth, Sittingbourne




BROWNING Charles, Sittingbourne

CASTLE & GRAYLING, Sittingbourne

CHURCH James, Greenstreet

RAY George, Sittingbourne & Milton

SMALLEY John Frederick, Milton

TRACEY John Wise, Greenstreet




GOUGE Elizabeth, (& land agent), Sittingbourne

JORDAN John, Milton




BARNES Thomas, Sittingbourne

BURLEY Henry, Sittingbourne

CHEESEMAN Richard, Greenstreet

DEAN John, (& Woollen draper), Sittingbourne

ELFICK Richard, Milton

MARSH William, (& draper), Sittingbourne

NORMAN William, Milton

RUTLAND George, Milton

SMITH Theophilus, Sittingbourne

WANSTALL William, Greenstreet




BUDD Daniel, Milton

TONGE George, Sittingbourne




Bell, Philip HAMMOND, Sittingbourne

Black Lion, Thomas MATTHEWS, Linstead

Cherry Tree, Thomas MILLER, Sittingbourne

Crown & Anchor, James JACKSON, Milton

Fox & Goose, Samuel SAYWELL, Babchild

George & Dragon, Elizabeth CORNWELL, Greenstreet

George Inn, Richard ELFICK, Milton

Good Intent, William DANE, Milton

Key, Richard CHAPMAN, Key st

Kings Arms, Charles BOWES, Milton

Kings Head, Thomas REDMAN, Chalkwell hill

Little Rose, William CRUMP, Sittingbourne

Plough, William PAY, Sittingbourne

Ship, William James FOOT, Milton

Ship, George SMEED, Sittingbourne

Smack, John SHARP, Milton

Swan, Daniel TATNELL, Greenstreet

Three Hats, James Henry AIERD, Milton

Three Kings, Oliver Saxby DAVIS, Sittingbourne

Waterman’s Arms, James WOOLLETT, Milton

Wheat Sheaf, John RICHARDSON, Sittingbourne

White Hart, Thomas SMITH, Sittingbourne

White Hart, George WILSON, Milton




BARNARD James, Sittingbourne

SHILLING Edward, Milton

SMITH John Pym, Sittingbourne




BUGGS Thomas, Milton

MOSS Richard, Greenstreet

PAGE George, Sittingbourne

WISE William, Sittingbourne




SHOTTER Gawen, (& beer), Sittingbourne

WHITE Sarah & Son, (wine), Sittingbourne




ALSTON David Thomas, tanner, Milton

ASHLETT Thomas, Van proprietor, Sittingbourne

BARNARD John Arundell, currier & leather cutter, Sittingbourne

BATES James Andrew, cooper, Sittingbourne

Baths, (warm, vapour & shower), Sittingbourne, Aaron MEDWIN, proprietor

BIGG Thomas, sheriff’s officer & inspector of weights and measures, Sittingbourne

BRIDGE George Polhill, block maker & store dealer, Milton

BUNYAR Frances, gun maker & cutler, Sittingbourne

COULTER John Edmund, printer, Sittingbourne

CRUTTENDEN Edmund, cattle salesman, Sittingbourne

Custom House, Milton, Henry SEA, principal coast officer

Excise Office, Kings Head, Chalkwell hill, John SYKES, collector

FLOOD James Thomas, registrar of births and deaths, Greenstreet

HARMS John, confectioner, Sittingbourne

HILLS William, oyster merchant, Milton

HOGWOOD Benjamin, parish clerk, Sittingbourne

Kent Friendly Society Sittingbourne, John Edward COULTER, actuary

LEE John, greengrocer, Sittingbourne

LEEDS Amos, furniture broker, Sittingbourne

Milton Loan Society, John Edmund COULTER, actuary

NICHOLLS Richard, bookbinder, Greenstreet

PETERS Benjamin, coach & fly owner, Sittingbourne

PILES William, barge master, Sittingbourne

RAY George, registrar of births and deaths, Milton

Sittingbourne and Milton Book Society, Rev A H DUTHIE, secretary; William MARSH, librarian

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Rev A H DUTHIE, secretary

SMITH Edward, paper manufacturer, Sittingbourne

SMITH John, ship chandler, Milton

THOMPSON William, sail maker, Milton

Union Workhouse, Milton, Oliver ALDERTON, master; _____ ALDERTON, mistress

VAN DEN ENDE PIETER, wool merchant & fell monger, Milton

WAKEFIELD George, hatter & clothier, Sittingbourne

WYLD James, carrier, Sittingbourne




To and from London, Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Dartford, Deal, Gravesend, Margate, Ramsgate and Rochester call at the Rose, Bull and Red Lion Inns almost hourly during the day.


To Maidstone, a Coach from the Three Kings every afternoon (Sunday excepted) at half past one.


VANS – for passengers and goods


To Canterbury, Thomas ASTELL’s Van, from the Bull every morning (Sunday excepted) at nine.


To Maidstone, John RICHARSON’s Van, from the Wheat Sheaf every morning (Sunday excepted) at eight.


To Rochester and Chatham, Benjamin PETERS Van from his house every morning every morning (Sunday excepted) at half past six and nine.


To Sheerness, a Van, from the Bull every afternoon, (Sunday excepted) at half past three.




To London, Stephen WRAKE’s Waggon, from the Three Kings three times a week and STANBURY & Co from the Ship daily.


To Dover, Stephen WRAKE’s Waggon, from the Three Kings three days a week.


To Maidstone, James WYLD, from his house every Tuesday and Friday.




To London, John HUGGEN’s Hoys from Sittingbourne every alternate week and Charles SMITH’s Hoys from Milton, every alternate Saturday.


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