Harty  Kent


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

HARTY (ISLE OF), a parish in Sheppey district, Kent; on the Swale, 4 miles N by E of Faversham r. station. Post town, Queensborough, under Sittingbourne. Acres, 3, 488; of which 860 are water. Real property, £4, 120. Pop. in 1851, 118; in 1861, 159. Houses, 26. The property is divided among a few. ...

The greater part of the land belongs to the families of Hilton, Munn, and Ridley. The parish once was an island; but now is separated from the rest of Sheppey by only a broad ditch. Part of the land is high; much is romantic; and many points command picturesque views. Game abounds on the land; and oyster beds are in the Swale. Traces of Roman occupation have been found; and there are many tumuli, of uncertain origin. A ferry, about 2 miles wide at high water, connects the parish with Oare. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Leysdown, in the diocese of Canterbury. The church is ancient but good; belonged once to the Benedictine priory of Davington; and contains a curious oak chest, of decorated character, representing a tilt between two knights.

Harty through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 08th August 2022

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