Place:Bethersden, Kent, England

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NameBethersden
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.129°N 0.753°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoBlackbourne Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Calehill Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Chart and Longbridge Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
West Ashford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Ashford District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bethersden is a village and civil parish five miles (8 km) west of Ashford, Kent, England.

The parish church, dedicated to St. Margaret, was built in the early 15th century and is known for its beauty. It also has a Baptist church titled the Union Chapel.

Bethersden formerly well known for producing Bethersden Marble and was a centre of the Kentish wool trade. Lovelace Place in Bethersden was the birthplace of 17th-century poet Richard Lovelace.

The Bethersden Parish Records Society (no website link on Wikipedia) holds the original parish register, maps, books, photographs and other records relating to the village.

Bethersden was originally an ancient parish in the Blackbourne Hundred, the Calehill Hundred and the Chart and Longbridge Hundred]]. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the West Ashford Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Ashford District.

Research Tips

  • 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):
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