Ingress Abbey I
Ingress Abbey II
A Victorian Resort
The History of Greenhithe
history of Greenhithe owes a great deal to its situation.
Sandwiched between the River Thames and Watling Street (the London, Dover Road),
and boasted a suitable landing place for ships.
It was therefore on two major travel routes and no doubt facilities grew up for the
This has continued throughout its history and has drawn many famous people
to what was still basically a village.
In Roman times Greenhithe was known as Gretenrsce.
By 1363 it was recorded as being called Grenehuth when chalk was quarried for repairs to
Hadleigh castle in Essex.
Edward Hasted in 'The History and Topographical
Survey of the County of Kent' dated 1778 refers to Greenhithe which was then a hamlet in
the parish of Swanscombe.
"Here there are several wharves for the
landing and shipping of corn, wood, and other commodities, but the greatest traffic arises
from the chalk and lime, from the chalk pits, the range of which continues with small
intermission from Stone to Gravesend, within a very short distance of the shore. Hence not
only the City of London, but the adjacent counties, and even those of Suffolk and Norfolk
are supplied with this commodity".