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The History of Kent
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History of Northfleet
Northfleet comes from the Old English ‘flēot’ meaning an ‘estuary, an inlet of the sea, a small stream’; therefore, a ‘creek’. The affix 'north' distinguishes it from the adjacent Southfleet. The Domesday Book chronicles Northfleet as Norfluet and the Textus Roffensis as Northfleota.
Northfleet parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Botolph.
The Saxons built the first church, although, largely rebuilt in the 13th century.
Additions and extensions continued over the next 100 years. The tower collapsed in
1717, resulting in its rebuilding, and re-
The St Botolph's National School opened, on the south side of the churchyard, adjoining the chalk pit, in 1838. On 1 February 1869, the Infants' School opened. Previously all ages had attended the one school, and the infants paid two pence per week. The school continued unchanged until February 1936, when the eleven-