In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Strood like this:
STROOD, a town, a parish, and a sub-district, in North Aylesford district, Kent. The town stands on the river Medway, at the junction of the North Kent and the London, Chatham, and Dover railways, opposite Rochester; forms practically one town with Rochester and Chatham; and has a post-office‡ under Rochester, a r. station with telegraph, a church rebuilt in 1812, Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and the North Aylesford workhouse. The parish consists of S.-Intra and Media, within Rochester borough, and S.-Extra without the borough. ...
Acres, 1,622; of which 130 are water. Real property, £15,501; of which £400 are in quarries, £2,650 in railways, and £100 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 3,067; in 1861, 4,057. Houses, 704. The manor was given, by Henry II., to the Knights Templars. A preceptory of the Knights, and an hospital of the time of Richard I., were here; and have left some remains-Brick-making is largely carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £290.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of R.The sub-district contains six parishes. Acres, 20,045. Pop., 9,521. Houses, 1,763.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Strood has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Medway. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Strood and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Strood, in Medway and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 08th December 2013
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