- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
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 census it had a population of 430 and a half.
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 Research Tips
This list has been taken from GENUKI where more places and websites for researching are listed.
Archives and Libraries
Civil Registration and Census
- Steve Archer has produced a very useful round-up of the available census records for Kent - and where/from whom they are available.
- 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.
- As of February 2016 entries from Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch.
Family History Societies
Most of the county is divided between the Kent FHS and the North West Kent FHS.
Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson