Chart, Great (St. Mary)
CHART, GREAT (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of West Ashford, hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 2 miles (W. by S.) from Ashford; containing 714 inhabitants. This parish, called by the Saxons Sybertes Chert, and in Domesday book Certh, lies chiefly on the Quarry hills, the southern part being within the Weald, the boundary of which runs east and west, to the north of the church. The parish comprises 3281 acres, whereof 150 are in wood, and 160 common. The town, which was burnt by the Danes, was anciently of some importance, having a weekly market, and a great fair on the 5th of April for sheep and oxen; the market is disused, but the remains of the market-house were formerly visible in the field where the fair is still held. Chart is now a small village; which, from its elevated situation, commands an extensive and picturesque view of the surrounding country. On the 1st of May, 1580, a violent earthquake was felt here. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £25. 6. 0½., and in the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury: the tithes have been commuted for £700, and the glebe comprises 13 acres, with a glebe-house. There is a place of worship for a congregation of Wesleyans.