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Sittingbourne, Milton, and District Directory 1908/09
Reprinted 1980 by W.J. Parrett Ltd, Sittingbourne
ISBN 0-9507107-0-9


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Bapchild is an ancient parish situated on the main road from London to Dover, and about a mile south-east from Sittingbourne. It is in the Milton Union and Hundred, and likewise in the upper district of the Lathe of Scray. The parish is in the Sittingbourne County Court and Petty Ses­sional Division. The acreage of the parish is 1085.185 and the population in 1901 was 421; and is not considered to have increased during the past six years. The mileage of main roads in the parish is one mile four furlongs, and there are three miles of district roads. The rateable value is £4,114. The parish is purely agricultural, the principal crops being fruit (mostly cherries) and hops. The soil is heavy with clay and chalk subsoil. Portions of the parish are being worked for the supply of brick earth to large brick-fields in the neighbouring town of Sittingbourne.

Historically the parish is mentioned as having been the scene of a council of the nobility and clergy of Kent, called by Wihtred, King of Kent, in the year 694, and King Alric of Kent called a similar council in the year 790.

The Parish Church is dedicated to St. Laurence, and is of flint, the style being Norman and Early English. It has a tower with an ancient shingled spire and containing one hell. The nave is divided from the aisle by four low semi-circular arches and four of the windows are stained. The east window is a memorial to William and Mary Lake, and at the west end of the aisle there is a stained glass window, placed there by Dr. F. Grayling in 1884. The aisle is said to have one time belonged to the Sinclairs. There are two early English niches forming the canopy of a piiscina, and on the north wall is an arcading in the same style, ornamented with a five-leaved flower. The chancel was repaired and restored in 1872, and in 1883 a vestry was formed under the tower. Ecclesiastically the parish is in the Rural Deanery of Sittingbourne, the Archdeaconry of Maidstone, and the Diocese of Canterbury. The registers date from 1562, and there are 150 sit­tings. The living is a vicarage tithes are commuted £267 with 22 acres of glebe, and residence in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Chichester; rectorial tithes £434. The present Vicar is the Rev. James Horan (University of London), and he has held the living since 1881.

William Housin in 1783 gave £200, which, invested, brings in £10/12/6 per annum, for the education of pour children of the parishes of Bapchild, Tong, and Murston.

Mr. Edward Buckner Gascoyne, of Bapchild Court, is the Guardian of the parish, and the Overseers of the poor are Messrs. James Alfred Terry and George Baker.

The Parish Council meets once a quarter, and is composed as follows: Messrs. E. B. Gascoyne (chairman), J. A. Terry, G. Baker, F. Kennard, and W. Storr (hon. clerk).

The Parish Church Vicar, Rev. J. Horan; churchwardens, Messrs. A. Terry and C. Baker; voluntary organist, Miss Horan ; honorary parish clerk, Mr. A. W. Bethune Chapman; sexton, Mr. W. Davis. Services are held at 11 a.m., 3.30 p.m., and 6.30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays in the month; and on other Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. and 2.45 p.m.; Band of Hope, Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Choir Practice, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Clothing Club, Monday, 4 p.m.; Girls’ Friendly Society Class, Wednesday, 4 p.m. ; Mothers’ Meeting, Thursday, 2 p.m.

Bapchild and Tong National Schools Headmaster, Mr. T. A. Thompson; Assistant Teachers, Mrs. Thompson and Miss M. Wood (infants).

Baptist Mission Services are held in the Baptist Mission Hall at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Sundays, and on Wednesday evenings. Preachers are supplied from the Baptist Tabernacle at Sittingbourne. There is also a Sunday School in connection with the Mission, of which Mr. Stephen Houghten is superintendent. The School meets at 10 am. and & 2.30 p.m.

Fox and Goose Hand-in-Hand Benefit Society This Club meets at the Fox and Goose Inn every fourth Monday. The objects embrace the provision of sick pay and death money. Secretary, Harry Kadwell, The Street, Bapchild.

Bapchild Burial Club: This Club is held at the Fox and Goose Inn, Bapchild, every third Tuesday. Secretary, Mr. T. Usher, The Street, Bapchild.

Bapchild Cricket Club Hon. Secretary, F. C. Beacon, Lower Road,

Postal Arrangements Bapchild.

 Sub-Post Office (Miss Emma Beatrice Pinn, sub. postmistress), The Street, Bapchild.

Stamps, postal orders, and telegrams; morning, afternoon, and evening deliveries. Outgoing mails 12 mid-day, 7.15 p.m., and 8.20 p.m. Mails received 7 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6.30 p.m.