Queenborough  Kent


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

QUEENBOROUGH, a village and a parish in Sheppey district, Kent. The village stands on the Swale, near the Medway, and on the Sittingbourne and Sheerness railway, 2 miles S of Sheerness; superseded a Saxonplace called Cyningburg, or King's-Castle, where annual courts were held; was founded, along with a castle, by Edward III., and called Queenborough in compliment to his queen Philippa; received a charter from Edward III., placing it under the government of amayor, two bailiffs, and other officers; sent two members to parliament from the time of Elizabeth, till disfranchised by the reform act of 1832; was long a staplefor wool; had once a weekly market; passed into a state of decadence; underwent some slight revival in the years preceding 1861; carries on an active oyster fishery, and has the oldest copperas manufactory in England; consists of one main street; and has a post-office‡ under Sheerness, a railway station with telegraph, a guildhall, a church, Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a good national school, a fair on 5 Aug., and charities £51. ...

The castle was erected after designs by William of Wykeham; was repaired by Richard II., Henry VIII., and Elizabeth; was taken down in the time of the Commonwealth; and is now represented by only a well and the remains of the moat and glacis. The well was re-opened in 1860, and is 271 feet deep. The church has an ancient tower, probably Norman; and, in 1868, was much out of repair. The parish comprises 400 acres of land, and 100 ofwater. Real property, £2, 525; of which £500 are infisheries. Pop. in 1851, 722; in 1861, 973. Houses, 157 The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £100.* Patron, the Corporation.

Queenborough through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 27th May 2024

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