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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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Milsted is a pleasantly situated village 3 miles south from Sittingbourne. It is in the North-East Kent Parliamentary Division, the upper division of the Lathe of Scray, the Hundred and Union of Milton, the Sittingbourne County Court district, and the Sittingbourne Petty Sessional Division. The parish is 1226.392 acres in extent, and the rateable value is £1,162. The population in 1901 was 206, which is the present estimated population. There are six-and-three quarter miles of district roads in the parish. On the high ground in the parish towards the Frinsted and Wychling boundaries the soil is comparatively poor, being red earth and chalk with much flint. This part is used mainly as park and wood land. The soil is far richer in the northern part of the parish, where corn, fruit, and hops are largely grown.

The Parish Church is dedicated to St. Mary and the Holy Cross. It is of flint in the Norman Transitional style, and has a tower with three bells. The Church, which provides 160 sittings, was enlarged and restored in 1872. The belfry and bell frames were restored in 1890, and in 1907 a tower screen and standard lamps for the chancel were added, in memory of the late Rev. Charles Ernest Julian, who for some time was Rector of the parish. The register dates from the year 1543. The living is a Rectory of the net annual value of £160, with three acres of glebe and residence. The living, which is held at the present time by the Rev. Canon Maldon, Trinity College, Cambridge; is in the gift of the Rev. W. Hilton-Simpson, of Sole Street House, Faversham. The parish is in the Diocese of Canterbury, the Archdeaconry of Maidstone, and the Rural Deanery of Sittingbourne.

There are charities existing in the parish mainly derived from the revenues of lands left by John Wiatt, of Milsted, in 1722. The gross receipts amount to £14, but the net value, after certain expenses are paid, is on £7, which is shared between the poor of Frinsted and Milsted.

The Guardian for the parish is Mr. R. J. Tylden, and the Overseers are Messrs. William Hooker and. Robert Cooper.

Parish Church Rev. Canon C. H. Maldon, M.A., Rector.

Churchwardens, Messrs. B. J. Tylden and W. Hooker.

Organist, Miss Mary Brown.

Parish Clerk, Albert Kennard.

Services are held on Sunday at 11 am. and 6.30 p.m. Children’s Service 3 p.m. Sunday School 10 am. Holy Communion 8.30 a.m. each Sunday, and also at 6.15 a.m. on the first Sunday in the month. Matins daily at 8 am. Special prayer service, Fridays, at 7.30. A branch of the Girls’ Friendly Society in connection with the Church is conducted weekly.

Frinsted and Milsted National Schools: These Schools, which provide for the elementary education of the children of Milsted, Frinsted, and Kingsdown, are situated just off the main road from Milsted to Frinsted. They were built in 1848, and enlarged in 1870. In 1887 a class room for infants, and in 1907 a new set of cloak rooms for boys, girls, and infants, were added. The school can accommodate 120 children, and there are 90 children on the books. Headmaster, Mr. W. T. Gunnell. Assistants, Miss G. Colyer and Miss H. Jarvis (infants).

Milsted Church Institute: The Parish Room is used as a club room for members of the Milsted Church Institute on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, from six o’clock until ten o’clock. Newspapers, periodicals, and various games are provided. President, The Rev. Canon Maldon.

Milsted Cricket Club: Matches are arranged by Mr. R. J. Tylden, and are played at intervals during the summer.

Milsted Church Institute Cricket Club: Ground, Pond Meadow. Matches played on Saturdays. Captain, F. Champ; Secretary, E. Kennard

Milsted Church Institute Football Club: Ground, Little Mears, Frinsted Road. Matches played on Saturdays Captain, W. G. Shipley; Secretary, W.Goodhew.

Red Lion United Slate Club: Held at the Red Lion Inn, Bawling Street. Benefits for sickness and death, with share-out. Meeting nights, first Monday in the month. Secretary, E. Gilbert.

Milsted and District Gardeners and Amateurs’ Association: Headquar­ters, Red Lion Inn, Rawling Street. Monthly meetings and shows first Tuesday in the month. Annual show in August.

Chairman, W. G. Shipley; Vice-Chairman, H. Coast, jun.; Secretary, W. T. Gunnell, Assistant-Secre­tary, W. G. Knight.

Carrier: Thomas Evans, the Street, Milsted. Passengers and goods con­veyed to and from Sittingbourne each day in the week.

Postal Arrangements: Sub-Post Office, The Street, Milsted (Sub-Post­mistress, Mrs. Mary Jane Doughty). Stamps and postal orders. One delivery a day (morning). Mail received, 7.10 am., week-days and Sundays. Box cleared for outgoing mail, 6.15 p.m. week-days and 11.45 a.m. Sundays.