Crayford

OS Grid Reference: TQ5174
The 1841 population was 2,408

"Crayford, with the hamlets of Barns Cray and North End, is an ancient parish and town (mentioned in "Domesday Book" as having a church and three mills), in the lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, Hundred of Lessness, and Union of Dartford, on the high road from London to Dover, 13 miles south-east from the metropolis, and 2 north-west from Dartford. The river Cray crosses the town, to which it gives its name, and upon this stream, contiguous to the town, are several extensive silk and calico printing establishments, and also saw mills of an ingenious construction; at these mills the flooring used in the building of Buckingham Palace was cut; the works are now used for grinding corn. The area of the parish is 2,380 acrea, and the population, in 1841 was 2,408. Colonel Barnes is lord of Crayford manor. On a spot of land, on the main road between Dartford and Crayford, called Nettle Bottom, gas works are completed, which are able to supply the villages of Bexley, Bexley Heath, and Crayford. ... The church is dedicated to St Paulinus, and stands on an eminence at the upper end of the town. It is a commodious modern structure, containing an elegant altar piece, and has an embattled tower in which are 5 bells. The benefice is a rectory, in the patronage of Thomas Austen Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Arthur Onslow; Rev. William John Crichton, curate. A small fair is held here on the 24th August. There is an elegant Catholic chapel and a Baptist place of worship; at the former there is a school for boys and girls, also National and Infant schools, which are well supported."  1852 directory

Administrative Units

Crayford fell within the Hundred of Little and Lessness. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Dartford.
Probate Jurisdiction was Shoreham to 1845, PCC 1846-57.

Census Publications

  • 1851 Name Index and Page Images published on CD-Rom as part of CD8 (Dartford Registration District).
  • 1851 Name Index (only) published on microfiche as part of Volume V (Dartford Registration District).

For ordering details see Census Publications.

Churches and Chapels (pre-1910)

Church of England

  1. St Paulinus (Ancient Parish church) 
  2. Slade Green, St Augustine Slade Green Rd.

Roman Catholic

  • St Mary of the Crays: Old Rd.  Church built 1842, demolished 1974 following erection of new church.   Original registers from 1840.

Baptist

  1. Baptist: Barnes Cray chapel.  (1810). No information on registers
  2. Baptist Crayford Baptist Church, Bexley Lane.

Wesleyan/Methodist

  • Methodist: Crayford Methodist Church, High St.  Original registers from 1896.
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