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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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Bredgar is a parish and village situated on rising ground three miles south-west from Sittingbourne and on the main road to Hollingbourne. It is in the North-Eastern Parliamentary Division of the county, the Lathe of Scray, the Milton Union and Hundred, the Sittingbourne County Court and Petty Sessional Division. The acreage of the parish is 1762.239, and there are 21 miles of main roads and nine miles of district roads. The population at the last census in 1901 was 498, but the present estimated population is 530, a considerable-increase having taken place. The rateable value is £2,534. The parish is agricultural, the crops being corn and fruit. The soil is fairly stiff with flint and stone. The subsoil is of clay of a somewhat heavy nature.


The present Chantry Houses, standing in the Street, were formerly a College named after the Holy Trinity and founded by Robert de Bredgare, and dissolved by Henry VIII.


The Parish Church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is partially of the Norman period. It is of flint and stone, and the Church itself is mainly in the Perpendicular style. In the west tower is a door, which is one of the most perfect examples of Norman architecture in Great Britain. Unfor­tunately some of the work has been slightly mutilated. The Church was restored in 1894, and there are now sittings for 200 worshippers. The west tower contains a striking clock and five bells. In the Church are two brasses. The register dates from the year 1559. The living is a Vicarage, in the present occupation of the Rev. Henry Seffrien Alken, M.A., of Queen's College, Cambridge. The living is of the yearly value of £150, with 1.5 acres of glebe and residence. The parish is in the Diocese of Canterbury, the Archdeaconry of Maidstone, and the Rural Deanery of Sittingbourne.


The principal charity is that left by William Thatcher, of London, in 1718. That gentleman left £100 to be invested in land for the education of eight poor children. The children were to be taught the Church catechism. Land was acquired and subsequently exchanged for land belonging to the late Lord Kingsdown. The present lands have brought in a yearly income varying from £70 in 1901 to £130 in 1907. At present four-fifths of the income is appropriated to educational purposes and one-fifth to the poor. Other small charities produce about £41100 per annum, which is expended in fuel for the poor.


The Guardian for the parish is Mr. William John Jarrett, of Tong Road, Murston; and the Overseers are Messrs. George Roots and Frederick Aylett.


The Parish Council meets about once a quarter. or more often if necessary. The members are as follows—Rev. H. S. Alken (chairman), and Messrs. W. Veitch, Ashley Goodhew, Horace Goodhew, T. Goodhew, jun., H. Kemsley, and F. W. Drake. Clerk, Mr. Pretty.


The Parish Church: Vicar, Rev. H. S. Alken, MA. Churchwardens, Messrs. F. W. Drake and Horace Goodhew. Services are held on Sundays at 11 am. and 6.30 p.m. A Children’s Service is held on the first Sunday in every month at 3 p.m. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday in the month at morning service and on festival days. Sunday School is held at 10 am. and 2.30 p.m.; Young Men’s Bible Class, Sunday, 3.45 p.m.; Mother’s Meeting, Monday, 2.30 p.m.; Church Institute, Monday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; Girls’ Friendly Society, Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Band of Hope, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Parish Clerk, Mr. W. O. Whitehead.


Wesleyan Chapel, Silver Street: Services are held here at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Sundays, and at 7 o’clock on Tuesday evenings. The pulpit is filled by the resident Ministers at Sittingbourne and by local preachers. Society Steward, Mr. J. Wood. Poor Steward, Mr. H. Kemsley. Chapel Steward, Mr. P. Cornwell. Sunday School is held at 9.45 a.m. and 2.30 p.m., and there is a Band of Hope. Society Class Leaders, Messrs. Cornwell, Kemsley, Apps, W. Swan, Mrs. Moss, and Miss Wood. Membership of classes, 57.


There are cricket and football clubs in connection with the Bredgar Church Institute, of which the Rev. H. S. Alken is president.


Postal Arrangements: Bredgar Sub-Post Office, Street, Bredgar (Sub. Postmaster, Mr. G. E. Pretty). Stamps, postal and money orders, tele­grams, and savings bank. Two deliveries per day, at 7 am, and 12.45 p.m. Mails despatched, 12.5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mails received, 7 a.m. and 12.45 p.m.