Place:Brabourne, Kent, England

Alt namesBradesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 146
Breburnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 146
East Brabournesource: Family History Library Catalog
Brabourne Leessource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.133°N 1.017°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoBircholt Barony and Franchise, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Wye Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was also located
East Ashford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Ashford District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Brabourne is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England. The village centre is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Ashford town centre. Due to a decrease in local occupancy rate, the population fell by 133 between 2001 and 2011 to 1,309.

The original village grew up some way to the east of this, around the ancient village church; this area is now sometimes referred to as East Brabourne. The original village has been outgrown by Brabourne Lees, a development of former pasture land in the southern part of the civil parish, near the A20 and M20 roads. The western part of the parish is a rural area with scattered farms.

Brabourne was originally an ancient parish in Bircholt Barony and Franchise and also in the Wye Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the East Ashford Rural District. In 1934 it absorbed the neighbouring parish of Bircholt and since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Borough of Ashford.

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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