Erith (St. John the Baptist)
ERITH (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Dartford, hundred of Lessness, lathe of Sutton-At-Hone, W. division of Kent, 2¼ miles (N.) from Crayford; containing 2082 inhabitants. This was once a market-town; was incorporated; and had fairs on Holy-Thursday, Michaelmas-day, and Whit-Tuesday. It is situated on the Thames, which here forms a haven; and there is a branch establishment in connexion with the custom-house: the East India ships frequently anchor opposite the place, in their passage up the river, and occasion a considerable traffic. A neat pier was completed and opened in August, 1842, and some of the steam-boats plying between London and Gravesend call here. The parish consists of 3735 acres, of which 290 are in wood. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £9. 12. 6.; net income, £368; patron and impropriator, Lord Wynford. The church is an ancient structure, almost wholly overgrown with ivy. An abbey for Canons regular was founded here in 1180.