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Birling is a village and civil parish in the Tonbridge and Malling District of Kent, England, about seven miles west of Maidstone. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 430 increasing to 437 at the 2011 UK census. It is southwest of the nearby town of Snodland.
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Birling was originally an ancient parish in the Larkfield Hundred of Kent. It was a civil parish in the Malling Rural District from 1894 until 1974.
A nineteenth century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Birling from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "BIRLING, or Byrling, a parish in Malling [registration] district, Kent; adjacent to the river Medway, 2¾ miles WSW of Snodland [railway] station, and 6 NW of Maidstone. It has a post office under Maidstone. Acres: 1,883. Real property: £3,277. Population: 662. Houses: 111. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged formerly to the Mainmots, the Says, and the Nevilles; and belongs now to the Earl of Abergavenny. Comfort, now a farmhouse, and Birling-place, now represented only by a fragment, were seats of the Nevilles. A range of chalk heights, called Birling Hills, occupies the W. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £158. Patron: the Earl of Abergavenny. The church is perpendicular English, in good condition; and contains the remains, but no monuments, of some of the Nevilles."
- 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):
- Volume 2 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1926) is available online through the auspices of British History Online. It includes accounts of the early history of Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals, and of several sites now within the conurbation of London.
- Volume 3 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1932) This includes the text of, and the index to, the Kent Domesday survey. It has been provided by the Kent Archaeological Society.
- In place of the other volumes of the Victoria County History, British History Online has transcriptions of the numerous volumes of The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent by Edward Hasted (originally published 1797)
- English Jurisdictions 1851, a parish finding aid provided by FamilySearch, is particularly helpful in locating parishes in large ancient towns and cities like Canterbury.
- Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson
- GENUKI lists other possible sources, however, it does not serve Kent so well as it does some other counties.