In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tonge like this:
TONG, a parish in Milton district, Kent; 1½ mile E by N of Sittingbourne r. station. Post town, Sittingbourne. Acres, 1,883; of which 265 are water. Real property, £4,400. Pop., 277. Houses, 56. T. Castle dates from the earliest Saxon times; was the scene of a massacre of the ancient Britons, by the Saxons; belonged, in the time of Richard II., to Mortimer, Earl of March; and is now represented by a high moated mound. Checks Court is the seat of T. Lake, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £215.* Patron, the Rev. A. Baldwin. The church is partly Norman. Charities, £11.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tonge, in Swale and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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