Eynsford  Kent


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Eynsford like this:

EYNESFORD, a village and a parish in Dartford district, Kent. The village stands on the river Darent, adjacent to the Seven Oaks branch of the London and Dover railway, 5½ miles S of Dartford; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Dartford. The parish includes also the hamlet of Crockenhill. ...

Acres, 3, 503. Real property, £6, 682. Pop. in 1851, 1, 323; in 1861, 1, 738. Houses, 261. The increase of population arose from house-extension at Crockenhill, and from the carrying on of railway works. The manor belonged anciently to the archbishops of Canterbury; was held, under them, till the time of Edward I., by the family of Eynesford, or Ainsford; passed then to the great family of Criol; and went afterwards to numerous proprietors. A castle was built on it, by the Eynesfords; seems early to have fallen into decay; and is now represented by little more than the walls. These enclosed nearly an acre of ground; are of Norman architecture; consist of flints from the chalk, with intermixture of many Roman bricks; and include fragments of the keep. The moat has been converted into an orchard. There are large paper-mills, amid orchards and cherry-gardens. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £410.* Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is chiefly early English; has a rich Norman W door: is cruciform; and has a later English N transept. The vicarage of Crockenhill is separate. There are a Baptist chapel, two public schools, and charities £48.

Eynsford through time

Eynsford is now part of Sevenoaks district. Click here for graphs and data of how Sevenoaks has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Eynsford itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Eynsford, in Sevenoaks and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd October 2019

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