LIES the next parish south-westward from Warehorne. The south and east parts of it are within the
level of Romney Marsh, and within the liberty and
jurisdiction of the justices of it. Another, being the
western part, which lies upon the Rhee wall, is within
the liberty of the town and port of New Romney, and
the division of the justices of it; and the residue, being the northern part of it, is in the jurisdiction of the
justices of the county.
The PARISH of Snargate lies for the most part in
the level of Romney Marsh, in which the village is
situated, near the end of the Rhee wall, beyond which
it extends into Walland Marsh, on the western side
of it. It is a very forlorn unhealthy place, partaking
of the same bad qualities of both air and water as the
neighbouring parishes in the Marsh, and if possible to
a greater degree, for the whole is an entire flat of
marshes, several of which are poor, and covered with
rushes and thistles, and others lie so low as to become
swampy, and much covered with flags and other such
weeds, which is greatly owing to the neglect of their
being properly sewed. It has nothing further worthy
of notice in it.
The MANOR OF ALDINGTON claims over most
part of this parish, and the manors of Bilsington,
Apledore, and Chartham, over other parts of it.
Subordinate to that of Aldington was
The MANOR OF SNARGATE, which was antiently
held of it by knight's service, by a family of the name
of Allard, one of whom was Gervas Allard, who was
admiral of the western seas in the 34th year of king
Edward I. and his grandson, of the same name, died
possessed of it in king Edward III.'s reign, leaving
the possession of it to his widow Agnes, who held it at
her death in the 42d year of it. How long it continued
in this name, I have not found, but in Edward IV.'s
reign, it was come into the family of Fane, and John
Fane, esq. of Tunbridge, died possessed of it in the
13th year of king Henry VII. anno 1488, and by
will gave it to his son Richard Fane, esq. afterwards
of Tudeley, (fn. 1) who alienated it to Wildgoose, and he
died possessed of it in the 33d year of Henry VIII. and
his descendant Alexander Wildgoose conveyed it to
William Thwayts, by fine anno 5 Elizabeth, on whose
death it came to his daughter and heir Ursula. Her
heirs passed it away to Jackman, as he did again to Sir
Edward Henden, one of the barons of the exchequer
in the reign of king Charles I. who dying s. p. in
1662, gave it by will to his nephew Sir John Henden, whose son Edward Henden, esq. of Biddenden,
became possessed of it on his death, but how it passed
afterwards, or who is at this time possessed of it, I
have not been able, by all my enquiries, to gain any
There are no parochial charities. The poor constantly maintained are about ten, casually five.
SNARGATE is within the ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION of the diocese of Canterbury, and deanry of
The church, which is dedicated to St. Dunstan, is
built of quarry-stone. It is a large handsome building, consisting of three isles and two chancels, having
a tower at the west end, in which are three bells.
The pillars between the isles are beautifully slender and
elegant. There is an old monument in the north
wall of the middle chancel, the brass of which is gone.
There are no memorials in it. In the east window of
the high chancel is a coat of arms, Quarterly, first and
fourth, oblit. Second and third, chequy, or, and azure.
The church is only pewed over half the length of the
isles. It is not ceiled in any part of it.
The church was part of the antient possessions of
the see of Canterbury, and continues so at this time,
his grace the archbishop being the present patron of
it. It is a rectory, valued in the king's books at
17l. 6s. 8d. and the yearly tenths at Il. 14s. 8d. In
1588 it was valued at sixty pounds, communicants
sixty. In 1640 at seventy pounds per annum, communicants the same.
In the petition of the clergy, beneficed in Romney
Marsh, in 1635, for setting aside the custom of twopence an acre, in lieu of tithe wool and pasturage, a
full account of which has been given before, under
Burmarsh, several acquittances were proved to have
been given by the vicars of Snargate, mentioning their
having received two-pence an acre in satisfaction of
those tithes, according to the custom. There is a
modus of one shilling per acre on all the grass-lands in
Church of Snargate.
|Or by whom presented.|
|The Archbishop.||Nicholas Gere, June 1, 1587,
|Richard Clerke, S. T. P. July 6,
1609, resigned 1611.|
|— Hatch, 1611.|
|Samuel Birde, A. M. obt. 1622.|
|James Bladeworth, A. M. Oct.
5, 1622, obt. 1624.|
|Josiah Coppin, A. M. Dec. 3,
1624, resigned 1630.|
|Edward Nicholls, A. M. Nov.
|John Wilmott, A. M. April 6,
|William Lauder, obt. 1667.|
|Thomas Snelling, S. T. B. Jan. 16,
|Robert Richards, A. M. March
10, 1668, obt. 1683.|
|Stephen Matchin, A. M. Oct. 23,
|Robert Skyring, A. M. Jan. 1,
1708, obt. 1753.|
|Jeremiah Dunbar, 1753, resig.
|Theophilus Delangle, A. M. April
3, 1756, obt. June 29, 1763. (fn. 2) |
|John Bunce, induct. Dec. 1763,
resigned the same year. (fn. 3) |
|John Wentworth, LL. B. 1763,
obt. May 26, 1770. (fn. 4) |
|William Wing Fowle, A. M.
1770, the present rector. (fn. 5) |