Adjacent to the station, 5 miles from Dartford and Gravesend. The goodwill of the steam threshing, milling, coal, beer and general business together with the nearly new steam tackle, threshing machine, chaff cutters, grinding mills, railway and road coal waggons, oil tanks, horses, carts and numerous effects, in one lot, as a going concern. The business was carried on by the late Mr Fraser up to November last, and since then by his representatives.
Lot 2 - the Freehold wellbuilt residence, placed in a good pleasure and walled kitchen garden with greenhouse, together with a range of buildings comprising stables, coachhouses, stores, warehouse, loft, and other business premises; also a valuable fruit plantation and building land, possessing extensive frontage both to public and private roads, and comprising in all about 3 acres. The property offers a rare opportunity to an energetic man to secure, at a moderate price, a business and premises capable of producing a good and increasing income.
Messrs Baxter, Payne & Lepper will sell by action at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard EC on Wednesday April 3, 1895 at 1 for 2 precisely."
[Very interesting it the link to Edward Pusey, one of the towering figures of 19th century Anglicanism, who was much less likely to have so much influence, had he taken up the offer of Fawkham instead of remaining at Oxford. The 'Puseyites' helped to found the High Church tradition of the CofE. Rev Salwey was rector of Fawkham 1829-73 and Ash 1841-1895. This was the end of the era when it was thought acceptable for clergymen to be pluralists, which may be why he gave up the living of Fawkham. The article gives a clue as to his beliefs - the election he was happy about was won by the Conservatives, while the bishop he wouldn't have liked was a low church liberal]
Prisoner complained in an excited way of the Constable using excessive and unnecessary violence to her, and she showed the Magistrates bruises which she alleged to have been done by the officer. She then left the box and wanted to show the Magistrates some bruises she had on her legs. Mr Tasker: I don't want to see them. Prisoner said when she was brought into court the constable beat her with a stick. She called as a witness George Lane, a man she had been living with for the past 9 years, and he said he left prisoner at 2 o'clock on Monday and she had no bruises about her at all. Supt Webster gave the woman a very indifferent character, saying both Lane and herself were very violent characters, and the Magistrates after showing great patience with the woman, fined her 10 shillings and 8 shillings costs, or in default a month in prison."
"At the Dartford Union Workhouse on Friday afternoon, Mr E N Wood held an inquest, touching the death of a woman named Margaret Crawley, of no fixed abode, which occurred at the Dartford Union Infirmary, on Tuesday last. Mr J Snell was chosen as foreman of the jury.
Dennis Mc Carthy, a labourer, residing at Longfield said he had known deceased for 6 or 7 years. He believed she had had a husband, but whether he was living or not he could not say. Deceased came to his place about quarter to ten on Thursday evening, 5th inst, and made an enquiry for a woman, and he said she did not live there; she asked witness to lend her a jacket to keep her warm. She said she had burnt all her clothing with the exception of her chemise and skirt. He lent her a jacket and she went away to get a policeman to take her to Dartford. Deceased looked black.
Cross-examined by Mr Snell: She lived in a chalk pit generally, but no-one had lived with her to his knowledge.
PC Alfred Kemsley, stationed at Southfleet said about 10pm on the 5th he was near the Green Man, at Longfield Hill, and saw deceased go the door of the public house; he saw that she had only a chemise on and a jacket, very much burnt. He got some lard and dressed her wounds and conveyed her to Dartford Workhouse. He examined the chalk hole where the deceased had been living. He found a fire and fragment of a tent. She told him she was drying her clothing, when it caught fire. He had seen deceased at Hartley at about 10 o'clock in the morning, and she seemed in her usual health and sober. The chalk pit was on Mr Allen's land.
Cross-examined: He had pulled the tent down, which was made of old rags and other things, about a fortnight previous.
Dr Richmond R Allen said he saw deceased immediately after her admission on the early morning of the 6th inst. She was suffering from shock and burns on the hands and right leg. She was conscious. She stated that she was drying her clothes and they caught fire. She did fairly well under his treatment until the 15th, when congestion of the lungs set in and finally she died of inflammation of the lungs on the 17th.
The coroner said the case showed a sad state of affairs. There was no doubt he thought, the unfortunate woman was drying her clothes in the tent, when they caught alight and had since died. Since her admission to the Workhouse Infirmary, she seemed to have received every possible care and attention.
The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence."
[Adam Tait was the tenant of Hartley Court. His fellow directors paid for the east window of All Saints Church in his memory (see tablet in church).]
[At the Quarter Sessions he was sentenced to 3 months' hard labour, "Dr Hoar, prison surgeon said prisoner had a feeble mind", Maidstone Journal 29.10.1896]
Pierce Edmeades, a labourer, of no fixed abode, was summoned for trespassing in search of conies on October 3rd, on and in the occupation of Mr Frederick Allen at Hartley. George Cheeseman, in the employ of Mr Barnes, deposed to finding a number of snares in Mr Allen's field at Hartley, on the 2nd October. He concealed himself in the vicinity on the 3rd October, and he saw defendant take possession of the snares. Inspector Sharp said there were a number of previous conviciions against defendant for drink and disorderly conduct. Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 40 shillings or 14 days with hard labour. Inspector Sharp said that in this case he should ask for a commitment order, which the justices accordingly granted."
Blackman (John), left Longfield, Kent, 60 years ago for New South Wales. Sister Harriet asks."
G Day (Ash) - Poultry 6, Honey 2
CJG Hulkes (Ash) - Sheep 4
Mrs Longhurst (Longfield) - Honey 12
JH Seabrook (Longfield) - Honey 4
Mrs Longhurst won 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds and 1 fourth with her hive and honey exhibits.