OS Grid Reference: TQ4675
The 1841 population was 3,955
"Bexley is a neat village and parish in the lathe of Sutton-at-Hone; the parish is partly in the hundred of Ruxley, and extends into that of Lessness. The village is 12 miles E. by S. from London, and 3 W. from Dartford - situated in an open and healthful part of the county. Camden, the celebrated antiquary and historian, was proprietor of this manor; he bequeathed it, for the endowment of a professorship in history, to the university of Oxford. The church, dedicated to Saint Mary, contains some ancient and curious monuments : the living is a vicarage; the Right Hon. Nicholas Vansittart, who on retiring from the chancellorship of the exchequer was created Baron Bexley, is patron. A national school, established here in 1809, for sixty boys and the same number of girls, is supported by voluntary subscription and an endowment of £8 per annum; there are also alms-houses for twelve poor persons." Pigot's Directory, 1839
Bexley = Clearing marked by a box-tree. OE byxe leah
Bexley fell within the Hundred of Ruxley. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Dartford.
Bexley included Bexleyheath, Lamorbey, and the part of Welling south of Watling St.
For ordering details see Census Publications.
Churches and Chapels (pre-1910)
Church of England
For project purposes this parish is also covered by Woolwich & District FHS.