Place:Birchington, Kent, England

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NameBirchington
Alt namesBirchington on Seasource: village in parish
Birchington-on-Seasource: alternate name for village
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.383°N 1.317°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoRingslow Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Isle of Thanet Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Margate, Kent, Englandurban district into which is was absorbed in 1935
Thanet District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Birchington (or Birchington-on-Sea) is a village in northeast Kent, England, with a population of around 9,800. Since 1974 it has been part of the Thanet District and forms the civil parish of Birchington. It lies on the coast facing the North Sea, east of the Thames Estuary, east of Herne Bay and very close to Margate. As a seaside resort, the village is a notable tourist and retirement destination. The village's Minnis Bay is a family beach with attractions such as sailing, windsurfing, a paddling pool and coastal walking routes. Its three smaller beaches are surrounded by chalk cliffs, cliff stacks and caves.

The village was first recorded in 1240. Its parish church, All Saints', dates to the 13th century and its churchyard is the burial place of the 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Birchington was part of the Isle of Thanet Rural District from 1894 until 1935 when the rural district was abolished. At this point it was transferred to Margate Urban District. At the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974 the area became part of Thanet District and Birchington once again became a civil parish. Originally it was an ancient parish in the Ringslow Hundred.

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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