Horton, Kirby (St. Mary)
HORTON, KIRBY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Dartford, hundred of Axton, Dartford, and Wilmington, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 4 miles (S. S. E.) from Dartford; containing 714 inhabitants. It comprises by computation 2584 acres, of which 2044 are arable land and hopgrounds, 120 pasture, and 420 woodland; the surface is pleasingly varied: about 100 acres are planted with hops. Franks, the seat of the Bathurst family since the commencement of the reign of Elizabeth, is situated on the bank of the Darent, which flows through the village. A paper-manufactory has been established at South Darent, in the parish. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £5. 7. 6.; patron and incumbent, the Rev. George Rashleigh; impropriators, the landowners. The vicarial tithes have been commuted for £265. The church is a cruciform structure, with a tower rising from the intersection, and replacing the original tower, which was surmounted by a spire. Some extensive remains of a castle founded by the family of Ros, about the time of the Conquest, have been partially converted into the manorial farmhouse.