OS Grid Reference: TQ5772
The 1841 population was 698

"Darenth ... takes its name from the river Darent, on the banks of which it is situated. It is an ancient village and parish, and was given by Athelstan to Duke Eadulf, who in 940 gave it to the church of Canterbury, which afterwards exchanged it with the chapter of Rochester, to whom it still belongs. It is in Axton and Dartford Hundred, Dartford Union, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, West Kent, 2.75 miles from Dartford south-east, 7 from Gravesendsouth-west, and 20 from London. The area of the parish is 2,189 acres; the soil is light and rather flinty. The population, in 1851, was 654. ... The living is a vicarage, valued at 346, and 6 acres of glebe land, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester ; the Rev. John Eveleigh incumbent. Here is a National school and a Wesleyan chapel. On the river are paper mills. A considerable part of the population is at South Darenth, 1 mile south, which is partly in Horton Kirby parish." 1852?

Administrative Units

Darenth fell within the Hundred of Axtane. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Dartford.
Probate Jurisdiction was Shoreham -1845, Rochester 1846-57.

See NWKFHS publications West Kent Sources and School Records for further information.

Darenth Kent Map North West Kent Family History Society

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).
  • 1891 Transcript published on CD-Rom as part of CD3 (Dartford Registration District).

For ordering details see Census CD-ROMs on the Publication List page.

Church and Chapels (pre 1910)

Darenth, St Margaret of Antioch

Ancient Parish Church

Original Registers

These date from 1678.

Transcript published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. F27). See Parish Register Publications.

Images published by NWKFHS (CD-Rom Ref. OR10-11). See Parish Register Publications.

Memorial Inscriptions

Transcript published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. F21). See MI Publications.


St Margaret of Antioch - May 1998
St Margaret of Antioch Darenth North West Kent Family History Society