In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tovil like this:
TOVIL, a hamlet in Maidstone parish, and a chapelry partly also in Loose and East Farleigh parishes, Kent. The hamlet lies on the river Medway, 1 mile SSW of Maidstone r. station; and has a post-office under Maidstone, a large oil-cake mill, and several paper mills. Pop., 660. Houses, 133. The chapelry was constituted in 1842. Pop., 897. Houses, 187. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Canterbury, Value, £100.* Patron, alternately the Archbishop of and Mrs. Charlton. The church is modern.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tovil, in Maidstone and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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