Pigots 1840 - Kent

Stone, Swanscome & Greenhithe


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Stone is a village and parish, in the hundred of Axton, Dartford and Wilmington and the lathe of Sutton at Hone; 17 miles E from London and two miles NE from Dartford, situated on the South bank of the river Thames. It is a place of little trade and no manufactures; the inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture, and some in the lime and chalk quarries. The only objects of interest are the church and the remains of Stone castle. The former is a beautiful Gothic structure considered one of the finest specimens of its style in the diocess of Rochester; it has lately at considerable expense been repaired and ornamented throughout and restored to its original beauty and splendour. The church is dedicated to St Mary and the living is a rectory in the patronage of the Bishop of Rochester; the Archdeacon of Rochester is the incumbent. Population of the parish in 1831, 719.


Swanscombe is a village and parish in the same hundred of Stone, four miles east from Dartford. The parish is bounded on the north by the Thames; and the village being surrounded by woods has a highly picturesque appearance. The church which is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul is in the early style of English architecture; the living is a rectory in the patronage of Sydney Sussex College Cambridge; the Rev George Cecil Rendward is the present incumbent.


In this parish is the hamlet of Greenhithe, only to be noticed for its extensive lime quarries, from which great quantities of their produce are sent to London for building, as well as distributed through the neighbouring country for agricultural purposes. The parish of Swanscombe contained in 1831, 1166 inhabitants.


POST – Greenhithe, Receiving House at David A Gaseham’s. Letters from London arrive (by foot post) every morning at nine and are despatched every afternoon at four.


POST – Swanscombe, Receiving House at John Startup’s.  Letters from London arrive every morning at nine and are despatched every afternoon at two.


*** The names without any address are in Greenhithe




BOWLDEN Mr James, Swanscombe

BRADLEY Mr Thomas, Greenhithe

COLYER John esq, Greenhithe

COLYER Mr John, Stone

ELLIS Mr Charles, Ivy Bar

FELDWICK Mr John, Greenhithe

FORREST Mr Thomas, Greenhithe

GORDON ___ esq, Stone Castle

HARMER Alderman, Ingress Park

HILL Mrs Capt ____, Greenhithe

HODSON Mrs Ann, Greenhithe

KING Venerable Archdeacon Walter, Stone

LEWIS Captain Philip George, Stone lodge

LOWNDS Mr Henry, Greenhithe

MOORE Mr Barlow, Greenhithe

PLUMBE Mrs Elizabeth, Greenhithe

RENDWARD Rev George Cecil, (magistrate), Rectory, Swanscombe

SMALL Mr John, Swanscombe

SOLOMON Mr Jeremiah, Milton st

WILKS Mrs Ann, Swanscombe




BUTLAND George William, marine artist

SECCOMBE John Colyer, surgeon

SHARP Mary, mistress of the British School, Swanscombe




BAXTER William, Greenhithe

LOCKETT John, Swanscombe




Admiral Keppell, Ralph WHEATLEY, Greenhithe

Blue Anchor, John CONFORD, Swanscombe

Brown Bear, Hy BLISS, Greenhithe

Bull, Robert TIBBATT, Horns Cross

Hull Trader, William BAXTER, Greenhithe

Plough & Harrow, John WOODWARD, Greenhithe

Welch Tavern, John HOOKER, St Johns Hole

White Hart (& ferry house), Peter VITON, Greenhithe




AMOS Thomas, bricklayer

ANDREWS George, grocer & draper

ARLETT George, boot & shoemaker

ARLETT William, grocer &c. Swanscombe

AUSTIN Richard, corn dealer

BARHAM James, painter & glazier

BARTHOLOMEW William, market gardener, Swanscombe

BARTON Henry, tailor

BLISS Moses, baker

CHAPMAN My, carpenter & undertaker

CHAPMAN Trobenius, grocer &c.

DURLING George, shopkeeper

FORREST Thomas, lime, brick & coal merchant

FULLJAMES James, baker & newsagent

GASEHAM David, hairdresser

HERITAGE Thomas, Horns Cross

LEGGETT John, boot & shoemaker

OLIVER Jos, market gardener, Stone

PARSONS John, bricklayer

PEAK Thomas, greengrocer

RICHARDSON George, shoemaker, Swanscombe

RUSSELL William, shipwright, wheelwright &c. Greenhithe

STARTUP John, shopkeeper, Swanscombe

THWAIT George, wheelwright, Swanscombe

THWAIT George, wheelwright

TOLHURST Thomas, butcher

VALLIS Jacob, greengrocer

WARE George, butcher

WARE Thomas, grocer

WESTON John, tailor

WHISKEN Sarah, shopkeeper

WHITE J B & Son, Roman & Frost’s cement manufacturers, Swanscombe


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