Merston (St. Giles)
MERSTON (St. Giles), a parish, in the union of North Aylesford, hundred of Shamwell, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 4¼ miles (E. S. E.) from Gravesend. This place is parochial in its ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but in other respects is part of Shorne. It is a sinecure rectory, in the patronage of the Crown, valued in the king's books at £2. 13. 4; net income, £69. The church is in ruins, and its site is included in a plantation of about five acres, called Chapel-wood. There are some traces of ancient fortifications.