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The History of Kent
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History of Darenth
Darenth means ‘estate on the river Darent’. Darent is a Celtic word meaning ‘river
where the oak-
King Athelstan gave Darenth to Duke Eadulf, later passing into the possession of
Christ Church at , becoming one of the manors of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In 1196, Archbishop Hubert Walter, who needed a base in London, exchanged the church
and manor of Darenth, for the manor of Lambeth, with the Archbishop of Rochester.
Darenth parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch. The Saxons built it in the 11th century. The Normans built a new enlarged chancel early in the 12th century, adding a new door in the centre of the north side of the nave and a new chancel south aisle. They built the south-
The Victorians erected a lunatic Asylum in 1880, considered as the largest ever built. The hospital continued as a psychiatric institution until 1970, when the National Health Service replaced it with a new hospital in 1997. Whilst demolishing the old building they discovered a rare Saxon glass bowl.