OS Grid Reference: TQ5077
The 1841 population was 2,082

Administrative Units

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

Erith included the settlement of Belvedere.

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 John the Baptist (Ancient Parish church) 
  2. Belvedere, All Saints Nuxley Rd.
  3. Christ Church Victoria Rd.

Roman Catholic

  • St Fidelis: West St.  Church built 1870, chapel-of-ease since opening of Our Lady of the Angels 1903.   Original registers from 1870.


  1. Baptist: Bexley Rd, Belvedere.  (1863). No information on registers
  2. Baptist: Lessness Heath.  (1805).   Original registers from 1807.
  3. Baptist: Queens St.  (1877). No information on registers


  1. Independent:   (1823). No information on registers
  2. Independent: Tower Church, Belvedere Park.  (1848-53). No information on registers
  3. Congregational:   (1859). No information on registers
  4. Congregational: Iron Church, Belvedere.  (1865). No information on registers


  1. Wesleyan: Pier Rd.  (1876-1972 demolished). No information on registers
  2. Methodist:   (formerly Wesleyan).   Original registers from 1889.
  3. Primitive Methodist: Belvedere.  (1876). No information on registers


For project purposes this parish is also covered by Woolwich & District FHS.

West Kent map