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Vicarage Lane in Chalk is so called from the Vicarage that was built in 1870 and stood on the east side. It was demolished about 1966-67 and a small estate and new vicarage were built on the site.

The first known site of a vicarage was in the village centre in what is now Lower Higham road. This was a very basic timber framed building with thatched roof, which by the 18th century was no longer considered a suitable location for the vicar. The cottage was lived in by the parish clerk and from about 1847 - 1866 it housed the Chalk National School. There is an illustration and description of this cottage as it looked in 1822.

In 1870 the Reverend William Joynes spent £1135 on building a new vicarage in extensive grounds - the site was given by the Earl of Darnley. In 1966 the present vicarage was built in the grounds and the old one demolished and replaced by a small housing development called Priests Walk.

References and further information:

"An A to Z History of Chalk" by Christoph Bull. First edition published 1984, second edition published - 1992.  Available at Gravesend Library for consultation.

"Chalk Church an Illustrated Guide", updated and re-written by Christoph Bull 1997.  Available at Chalk Church to purchase for £1.50.

"The Great Expectations Country" by W. Laurence Gadd 1929. Available for reference at Gravesend Library.

"A Historical Walk Through Gravesend And Northfleet" published by Gravesend Historical Society.

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