If you are a NWKFHS member, please login, if not, please join today.

If you are a NWKFHS member, please login, if not, please join today.

St. Mary Cray (Cray, St. Mary)

OS Grid Reference: TQ4668
The 1841 population was 997

"The Crays are four highly respectable villages and parishes cintiguous to each other, situated in the lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, Hundred of Ruxley, and Union of Bromley, on the banks of the river Cray, in a beautiful and diversified country, interspersed with numerous elegant seats and noble mansions. In St Mary Cray there are two Independent and one Wesleyan chapel, a literary Institute and reading rooms, in which lectures are frequently delivered. St. Mary Cray had formerly a market, but it was discontinued in 1703, when the market house was blown down. On the River Cray are several paper mills, which employ a number of persons of both sexes. Each of the Crays has its parish church, but there is not anything remarkable about either of these edifices."  1852 directory.

Administrative Units

St. Mary Cray fell within the Hundred of Ruxley. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Bromley.
Probate Jurisdiction was Shoreham to 1845, PCC 1846-57.

St. Mary Cray inluded part of the settlement of Crockenhill.

See NWKFHS publications West Kent Sources and School Records for further information.

St. Mary Cray Map North West Kent Family History Society

Census Publications

  • 1851 Name Index and Page Images published on CD-Rom as part of CD7 (Bromley Registration District).
  • 1851 Name Index (only) published on microfiche as part of Volume I (Bromley Registration District).
  • 1891 Transcript published on CD-Rom as part of CD2 (Bromley Registration District).

For ordering details see Census CD-ROMs on the Publication List page.

Church and Chapels (pre 1910)

St Mary Cray, St Mary the Virgin

Church of England - Ancient Parish Church

Original Registers

These date from 1579.

Memorial Inscriptions

Transcript published by NWKFHS (microfiche Ref. F47). See MI Publications.
St Mary the Virgin - Aug 2007
St Mary the Virgin St Mary Cray North West Kent Family History Society

Roman Catholic: St Mary Cray, St Joseph, High St

Church built 1873?, bombed 1941; current church completed 1959.

Original Registers

These date from 1875.
St Joseph - May 2009
St Joseph St Mary Cray North West Kent Family History Society


  • Baptist: (1869-pre.1928). No information on registers.
  • Baptist: Zion. (1887-pre.1928). No information on registers.


  • Congregational: The Temple, High St. (1851). No information on registers.