Rainham, Kent
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Rainham, Kent, England

Queenscourt Manor

The manor of Queenscourt, with the farm called Berengrave, was part of the possessions of the crown and continued so until Queen Alianore, widow of Henry III gace them in 1273 to St. Katherine's hospital. It escaped the general suppression of such foundations by Henry VIII. Lady Sackville was lessee of Queenscourt Manor in 1653, and afterwards, Sir Richard Culpeper15p of Preston Hall, 2nd Bart.

Source: Hasted, History of Kent, Vol. VI, pages 10-11.

Location: At North end of Berensgrave Lane, at the B2004? Further research is needed.
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 821 673?

St. Margaret's Church, Rainham

The parish church of St. Margaret in Rainham, once a separate village but now incorporated into Gillingham, dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries, but there is also some interesting Norman work visible. Inside are some interesting murals as well as the remains of six consecration crosses.

Source: Sean Connolly, Ed.,"Wrotham", The Hidden Places of Kent, Travel Publishing, Ltd., 1998., pages 13.

Culpepper involvement in this church, if any, is unknown. Further research is needed.

Location: At the intersection of th A2 and the B2004
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 817 658

Rainham, Kent

1831 Topographical Dictionary
RAINHAM, a parish in the hundred of MILTON, lathe of SCRAY, county of KENT, 4 miles (E.S.E.) from Chatham, containing 1030 inhabitants. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, is in the early style of English architecture: it has a lofty beacon tower, and contains several costly monuments to the Tuftons, Earls of Thanet. The parish is bounded on the north by the Medway; and the village, situated on the great London and Dover road, contained, in the reign of Elizabeth, eight houses, and there were then three quays, with thirteen small vessels, the largest not exceeding thirty-five tons, belonging to the place. Cherries and apples formerly abounded here, but at present they are not cultivated to any great extent.

Location: 8 miles NNE of Maidstone and 20 miles NNE of Goudhurst
National Grid Coordinates:
TQ 813 657

Last Revised: 02 Jan 2015

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