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Barming is a civil parish in the Borough or District of Maidstone of Kent, England. It lies to the west of Maidstone, the county town, and had a population of 2,234 persons (2001 UK census), increasing to 2,690 by the 2011 UK census. The eastern end of the parish (once named East Barming) is part of the built-up area of Maidstone, although the remainder is much more rural. The River Medway is the southern boundary of the parish.
Barming is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and was then described as being divided into East and West; the latter being known as Little Barming, and having its own church until the 16th century.
Barming was a civil parish in Maidstone Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Maidstone non-metropolitan district. East Barming and West Barming were separated civil parishes until 1934 when they merged as Barming. The two smaller civil parishes have been redirected here.
East Barming and West Barming were originally ancient parishes in the Maidstone Hundred of Kent.
- Kent County Council Archive, Local Studies and Museums Service. James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ. This incorporates the Centre for Kentish Studies in Maidstone and the East Kent Archives Centre near Dover.
- Canterbury Cathedral Archives see the Archives web pages on the Canterbury Catherdral site.
- For information on the area around the Medway Towns, have a look at Medway Council's CityArk site.
- Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Kent illustrates the parish boundaries of Kent when rural districts were still in existence and before Greater London came into being. The map publication year is 1931. An earlier map of 1900 may also be useful. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
- Census records for Kent are available on FamilySearch, Ancestry and FindMyPast. The first site is free; the other two are pay sites but have access to microfilmed images. Steve Archer produced a very useful round-up of the available sources, but this information may not be up to date.
- Registration Districts in Kent for the period 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.
- England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 The full database from Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, has been available online from FamilySearch since June 2016.
- Kent had five family history societies (now only four):