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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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Newington is an important village, situated on the main road from Sittingbourne to Chatham and London. It is three miles northwest of Sittingbourne and seven miles south-west of Chatham, and possesses, a station on the SE &CR 37 miles form London. The parish is in the North-East Kent Parliamentary Division, the upper division of the Lathe of Scray, the Hundred and Union of Milton, the Sittingbourne Petty Sessional Division, and the Sittingbourne County Court. Newington is 2,115,365 acres in extent and possesses six and a half miles of district roads and three of main roads. The rateable value is £9,488 and the population at the last census (1901) was 1,072 but this is deemed to have increased to over 1,100. The soil of the parish is rich, and the chief crops comprise fruit and hops. About 200 acres of hops producing good samples are cultivated, and Newington cherries are noted in London and provincial markets. A large brickfield including the manufacture of red bricks is carried on in the pariah.

The Rev Henry George Hilton, M.A. of Osmington Road, Oxford is the Lord of the Manor, and the principal land owners are Lord Harris, and Messrs R G E Locke and A Harnett, Merton College Oxford, the trustees of the late Mr George Smeed, Mr L Ruck and Sir Marcus Filmer, Bart., of East Sutton Park.


Newington as an inhabited place has existed since Saxon times, when it was known as “Newetone” or “New Town” and it was erected on the site of a Roman Village, which at a still earlier period was known as “Durolevum” or “Duurolenum”. The hamlet of Keycol to the south east of the parish is named after Julius Caesar, and was originally “Cau Collis” and Caius Julius Hill” .  Further  “Caius Stratun” was the name for Key Street. A large number of Roman remains have been found form time to time in the Newington district.

A weekly market, which was instituted during the time of Queen Elizabeth (1575) was held here on Tuesdays, but has been discontinued for many years. A Benedictine Priory at one time stood at Nunfield.


The Parish Church of Newington is dedicated to St Mary, and is in the Early English and Decorated styles, with a tower dating from the early Perpendicular period. The tower contains six bells. The church is rich in monuments, there being a fine alter tomb and several canopied tombs in the north and south aisles. Several frescoes have also been discovered. The east window is filled with stained glass and was erected in 1873. There are two memorial windows, these being erected to the memory of George Catt (ob 1879) and Mrs Mary Ann Ludgater (ob 1896) There are also some crosses with effigies and a magnificent old oak chest with iron bands. The church will seat some 350 persons and about half the sittings are free. The register of baptisms dates from 1564 and for marriages and burials from 1558. The living is a Vicarage, at present held by the Rev Paget Mervin Bowman , and is of the annual value of £220 with glebe valued at £10 and residence. The vicarial tithes were commuted in 1840 for £300/12/1 and extraordinary tithe £43/7/3. There is an acre of glebe and 22 acres annexed to the Vicarage in Church Lane. The living is in the gift of the Provost and Fellows of Eaton College, and the parish is in the Rural Deanery of Sittingbourne, the Archdeaconry of Maidstone, and the Diocese of Canterbury.


The charities include the “Poor Barn Estate” being a piece of land with a barn which was left in the year 1689 by Simon Tomlyn. It produces about £10 per annum. The proceeds of a plot of land known as “Playstool”  were formerly devoted to charity, but this land was exchanged for another piece much larger in size (three acres), which is let out into 24 allotments, bringing in 5/0 per allotment per annum, the parish paying rates. Maiden Wood, in the parish, is cut once in every 13 or 14 years, when it brings in about £5, the wood being generally used for hop poles. Previously parishioners used to go to Maiden Wood and cut what wood they liked fro fuel. The amount of these charities is extended in bread, which is distributed to the poor at the conclusion of morning service at the parish church during the winter months from October to April. Three quarters of wheat from the Vicarage estate is also distributed on April 6th of each year.


The Guardian for the parish is Mr. Alfred Harnett, and the Overseers are Messrs. Frederick Trigg and George Thomas Robinson.


The Parish Council

Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the first Tuesday of the month if necessary


A S Webb (chairman)

E Ledger (vice chairman)

W S Harnett

W G Osbourne

E Willis

J C  Harlow

T Whitehead

T Wright

J E Baker is clerk


Parish Church:

Vicar Rev Paget Mervin Bowman

Churchwardens: A.S. Webb & W.G. Osbourne

Sidesmen: W.S. Harnett, V. Hewlett, G. Hewlett, S. Hewlett, J. Baker and G. Hales

Organist: Mr. G. Hewlett

Clerk: W.G. Osbourne

Sexton Mr J Spooner

There are twenty five men and boys in the choir. There is a band of bell ringers of which Mr H Millard is conductor.

Services are held on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Children’s service 3 p.m.

Holy Communion, Sundays 8 a.m. and after morning service on the first and third Sundays in the month. Sunday School 10 a.m. Superintendent: Mr Victor Hewlett. Men’s Bible class, Mondays 7.30 p.m. Mission Services, Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. Mission Service (Danaway), Fridays 7.30 p.m. Band of Hope, Monday evening Messrs. V. Hewlett, H. Grensted, and H. Millard, Superintendents. Bible class (boys) Sunday 2 p.m., conducted by the vicar. Bible class (girls) Sunday 2.30 p.m. conducted by Mrs. Bowman. Mother’s Meeting, Mondays 3 p.m., conducted by Mrs. Bowman. Mother’s Union, local Hon. Secretary: Mrs A.S. Webb.


Wesleyan Church:

This place of worship was erected in the year 1880. Services are held on Sunday’s at 10.30 a.m.

Services are held on Sunday’s at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. and on alternate Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. The Preachers are the resident Ministers at Sittingbourne and local preachers. Sunday School 10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Band of Hope, Wednesdays and Fridays in alternate weeks 7 p.m. Class Leaders, Messrs. W Steadman (17 members) Harris (19 members) and C E vans (9 members). The Church is licensed for marriages.

Society Stewards: Messrs. W. Stedman and Bates.

Poor Stewards: Messrs. W. Taylor and Kitchingham.

Chapel Stewards: Messrs. H. Cremer and Denne.


National Schools:

These schools were built to accommodate 160 children. Number on books 176, average attendance 158.

Headmaster: Mr G.A. Jones. Assistant Teachers: Miss Binns, Miss Wiles, Miss Bason and Miss Cain.


Parish Hall:

This building was erected in 1904 at the insistence of and endowed by Mrs. Elizabeth Wickham, of Newington. The property is now vested in trustees and the deed stipulates that the hall must not be let for any political or religious organisation or meetings. Lessees, Messrs. V. Hewlett and W.S. Harnett.


Ancient Order of Foresters, Court “Never Despair” No. 4910: Headquarters: George Inn, Newington. Meeting nights, third Monday in the month.

Chief Ranger: Charles Anderson

Sub Chief Ranger: George Webb.

Secretary: D Robinson, Newington

Number of members 131


National Deposit Friendly Society (Newington and Key Street branch)

Contribution nights, first Tuesday in the month, at Mr E. Willis’s establishment, High Street, Secretaryship is vacant at present. This branch includes 200 members.


Wheatsheaf Slate Club, Headquarters, Wheatsheaf Inn, High Street, Newington. Meeting nights third Monday in the month. Benefits in cases of sickness and death with share-out in December. Secretary: A. Kitney, Newington.


Legh Arms Benefit Society: Headquarters, Legh Arms, Station Road, Newington. Benefits in cases of sickness and death with share-out in December. Meeting nights first Monday in the month.  Secretary: George Snashall, Breach Lane, Newington.


Jubilee Benefit Club: Headquarters, The Sir John Falstaf public-house, Newington. Benefits in cases of sickness and death with share-out in December. Meeting nights every forth Monday.  Secretary: W. Taylor, Church Lane, Newington.


Newington Football Club: Grounds, Cranbrook Manor and High Oak Hill (Reserves) Saturday matches.

Captain: Rev. P. M. Bowman

Secretary: J. Spooner


Newington Cricket Club:

President: Mr. A.S. Webb

Captains: Messrs. F. Trigg and William Rubie (Reserves)

Vice Captain: Rev. P. M. Bowman and Messrs. C. Stevens and G. Mannering (second team)

Treasurer: Mr. V.G. Hewett

Secretary: Mr. G.A. Jones, School House, Newington



Mr John Shepherd goes from Newington to Rochester and back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and to Faversham and back every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Mr. William Simmons of Rainham, calls at Newington every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on his way from Rainham to Maidstone.


Postal Arrangements: Newington Sub Post Office, Street, Newington. Sub-Postmaster: Charles Styles. Stamps, postal orders, money orders, telegraph, savings bank, Inland Revenue licenses. Deliveries 7 a.m. 12 noon and 2.25 p.m. Sundays 7 a.m. Box cleared for despatches, 11.10 a.m. 12.45 p.m.  6.00 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sundays 8 a.m. and 12 noon.