Frindsbury (All Saints)

FRINDSBURY (All Saints), a parish, in the union of North Aylesford, hundred of Shamwell, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 2 miles (N. by W.) from Rochester; containing 2142 inhabitants. The parish comprises 3595 acres, whereof 140 are in wood. It is bounded on the south and east by the Medway, on the banks of which are several wharfs: brick-making is carried on to some extent, and chalk is found. Upnor Castle, erected by Queen Elizabeth to defend the passage of the Medway, and for some time used as a powdermagazine, is surrounded by a moat, and consists of a central building of oblong form, connected with a round tower at each end. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £10. 13. 11½., and in the gift of the Bishop of Rochester: the appropriate tithes have been commuted for £693. 5., and the vicarial for £410; the glebe comprises 25 acres. The church stands on a commanding eminence rising from the Medway. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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