Place:Bicknor, Kent, England

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NameBicknor
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.295°N 0.668°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEyhorne Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Isle of Sheppey Liberty, Kent, Englandancient county division with which it had an association
Milton Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Hollingbourne Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Maidstone District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bicknor is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England, northeast of Maidstone and southwest of Sittingbourne. It had a population of 68 according to the 2001 census.

Bicknor was a civil parish in Hollingbourne Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the non-metropolitan Maidstone District. It was geographically in the Eyhorne Hundred, but it also had associations with Milton Hundred and the Isle of Sheppey Liberty.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bicknor from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BICKNOR,-anciently Bykenore-a parish in Hollingbourn [registration] district, Kent; 3¾ miles SSW of Sittingbourne [railway] station, and 7 ENE of Maidstone. Post Town, Stockbury, under Sittingbourne. Acres: 631. Real property: £653. Population: 53. Houses: 8. The property is divided. Bicknor Place is the seat of T. Whitehead, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £115, Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is small, and very early Norman."

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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