Place:Bidborough, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.169°N 0.237°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoWashlingstone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Tonbridge Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Tunbridge Wells District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bidborough is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England, north of Tunbridge Wells and south of Tonbridge. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 958, increasing to 1,163 at the 2011 UK census.

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

"BIDBOROUGH, a parish in Tonbridge [registration] district, Kent; adjacent to the Southeastern railway, 2½ miles NW by N of Tunbridge-Wells. Post Town, Tunbridge-Wells. Acres: 1,299. Real property: £1,621. Population: 210. Houses: 46. The property is divided among a few. There are some mineral springs. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £227. Patron: Mrs. Deacon. The church has a Norman porch, and is in good condition. Charities, £23.

Bidborough was originally an ancient parish in Washlingstone Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Tonbridge Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Borough of Tunbridge Wells.

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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