Place:Buckland (near Faversham), Kent, England

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NameBuckland (near Faversham)
Alt namesBuckland
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Located inKent, England
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There are two places named Buckland in Kent. The other is the much larger Buckland (near Dover) in the Dover District.


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

"BUCKLAND, a parish in Faversham [registration] district, Kent; near the river Swale and the Chatham and Dover railway, 3 miles NW by W of Faversham. Post Town: Faversham. Acres: 978. Real property: £886. Population: 18. Houses: 3. The living is a sinecure rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £167. Patron: Sir J. T. Tyrell, Bart. The church has long been in ruins."

Buckland was originally an ancient parish in the Faversham Hundred. Between 1894 and 1935 it was part of the Faversham Rural District. In 1935 Faversham Rural District was abolished and parishes were transferred to Swale Rural District. Since 1974 the parish was combined with two others to make the civil parish of Norton Buckland and Stone and the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Swale District.

Wikipedia has a single article covering the three former parishes.

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):