Charlton History: Charlton, Near Woolwich, Kent

I recently obtained a wonderful publication with the above title. Printed by the Blackheath Press in 1908 it is described as a full and complete copy of all the inscriptions in the old parish church and churchyard, together with notes on the history of the manor and of the families connected with the place.

Although I have not yet had a chance to look through it completely, I’ve already found some great stuff. Incidentally it is dedicated to The Lord of the Manor of Charlton, Sir Spencer Pocklington Maryon-Wilson who actually resided in Eastbourne as a Baronet.

As can be guessed, the parish church covered by the book is St. Luke’s in Charlton Village.

So … on to a few extracts:

– The name Charlton, Cherleton, or Coerl-ton, the settlement of the Coerls, or husbandmen, is not unnaturally a very common one for our English villages. It occurs no less than four times in the County of Kent alone.

– The earliest reference to this Manor as a separate entity is found in the Doomsday Book and states: “‘William, son of Olger, holds, of the Bishop, Cerletone. There is the arable land of five teams. In demesne there is one team and thirteen villans have three teams. Two slaves there. And eight acres of meadow. Wood of five hogs. In the time of King Edward, and afterwards, and now, it is worth seven pounds.”

– In 1241, a writ was issued against the Prior of Bermondsey to show cause why he had erected a gallows at Charlton.

– Edward III confirmed the charter for the Weekly Market and the Fair on the feast of St. Luke.

There is a lot more to be found in this book and I hope to do a future post with updates.

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2 Responses to Charlton History: Charlton, Near Woolwich, Kent

  1. Mazehiller says:

    Really interesting thanks. Surprised it’s ‘Charlton, Kent’ – I thought that by Edwardian times the whole metropolitan borough of Greenwich was in the county of London, but I guess habits die hard… I still refer to Bromley in Kent despite it being a London borough since the 1960s.

    Would love to know more about the gallows – where they in Hanging Woods, in Maryon/Maryon Wilson Parks and were they used for hanging highwaymen ?


  2. stonemuse says:

    Yes, the gallows stood out for me as well and once I have finished going through this book, it will be my next piece of detective work. Will definitely keep all updated. Thanks for feedback.

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