Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Thames Tributary Darent- Darenth

Thames Tributary Darent
The easterly stream of the Darent continues northwards
TQ 5602971339

Old settlement on the Darenth on the outskirts of Dartford based round an ancient church

Post to the south Roman Villa Road
Post to the west Hawley

Darenth Court farm

Darenth Hill
St. Margaret of Antioch. The 'little church on the hill', a place of worship since 940 AD and Britain's sixth oldest church. It site on the hillside lends it some dignity. There is some important archaeology here, Some Roman material in the quoins thought to be taken from the nearby villa site. Saxon origins and some early Norman work. Visually charmless. Norman doorway which has been disused and a later porch put in place. Chancel nave aisle, and tower, pyramidal shingled roof. Priests chamber between the vaulting and the roof. Early 12th groined vault over the sanctuary and 12th chapel which was later demolished, but its arcade remains. Blocked up lancet windows. Head corbels outside. Listed Grade I.
War memorial. Oak cross was a temporary grave marker on the Western Front.
Darenth Court. listed grade II
Distribution depot set back from the road with wide concrete access
Court Cottages
Darenth Grange.
Icehouse grade II listed
Mill Hill House. 19th white box with pedimented lodge. Gothick lodges demolished
Darenth Priory. Belonged to St.Andrew’s Priory, Rochester. Did not last long

Green Street Green Road
Fox and Hounds
Swyres Farm
Darenth Place
Waller Park

Lane’s End

St.Margaret’s Road
St.Margaret’s Farm. Millis Brewing Co.Ltd. Brewery at home with 10 barrel plant.

The Alders

Sources
Millis Brewing. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. West Kent
Porteus. Dartford Country
St Margaret of Antioch. Web site

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