In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Merston like this:
MERSTON, a hamlet in Shorne parish, Kent; 2 miles NW of Strood r. station. It consists only of a few labourers' cottages; and it formerly was politically, and is still ecclesiastically, a parish. The living is a sinecure rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Valne, £.90. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. There is no church. Bishop Hildesley was a native.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Merston, in Gravesham and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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