Crayford

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Coordinates: 51°26′57″N 0°10′52″E / 51.4491°N 0.1812°E / 51.4491; 0.1812

Crayford is a town and electoral ward in the London Borough of Bexley that was an important bridging point in Roman times across the River Cray, a tributary of the River Darent, which is itself a tributary of the River Thames.

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History

An Iron Age settlement existed roughly in the period 30 BCE to 40 CE in the vicinity of what is now St Paulinus Church.[1] Crayford is one of several places that have been suggested as the site of Roman Noviomagus (new market), a place mentioned on the Antonine Itinerary as being on the road from Canterbury to London. Crayford is also plausible as the site of a bloody battle in 457 AD at Crecganford (early English for "creeks-ford"). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (written over 400 years later) describes how Hengist and Aesc defeated the "Brettas", usually interpreted as Britons,[1] and often over-interpreted as "Celtic". See Timeline of Anglo-Saxon England#5th century.

Crayford is mentioned in the Domesday Book as having a church and three mills, and a population of 27 villagers and 2 smallholders.[1] As a parish (pre 1920) it included the hamlets of North End, Perry Street and Slade Green which lie to the north.[2] In 1831, the population of the parish was 2022 people.[3] For centuries it was strongly associated with brick-making, the printing of silk scarves, ties and calico cloths, and for a short period carpet-making.

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