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The History of Kent
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History of Rainham
Rainham comes from the Old English ‘ingas’ meaning the ‘people of, people called after’ with ‘hām’ as a ‘village, homestead, manor’ combined with a tribal name; therefore, the ‘homestead/village of the Roegingas’.
Rainham parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Margaret
of Antioch, and built in the Saxo-
Rainham railway station opened on the East Kent Railway’s Chatham to Faversham section of the London to Dover main line, on 25 January 1858. Initially known as ‘Rainham and Newington’, until a station opened at Newington, on 1 August 1862, when it became simply ‘Rainham’…. more