Lessness

LESSNESS, a chapelry, in the parish of Erith, union of Dartford, hundred of Lessness, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 2¼ miles (N. N. W.) from Crayford. An abbey for Black canons, in honour of St. Mary and St. Thomas the Martyr, was founded here in 1178, by Richard de Lucy, chief justice of England, and some time regent of the kingdom, who assumed the habit, and shortly after died in the house; its revenue at the Dissolution was estimated at £186. 9., and was granted to Cardinal Wolsey, towards the endowment of his colleges. There is a place of worship for Baptists on Lessness-heath.

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

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