Place:Burmarsh, Kent, England

Alt namesBorchemeressource: Domesday Book (1985) p 146
Burwarmarescsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 146
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.05°N 1°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoWorth Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Liberty, Kent, Englandfurther ancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Shepway District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Burmarsh is a village and civil parish in the Shepway District of Kent, England. The village is located three miles (4.8 km) west of Hythe on the Romney Marsh.

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In 1934 the boundaries between Burmarsh and its neighbouring parishes were redrawn and the areas covered by the parishes involved changed significantly. Burmarsh continued to be a civil parish after this process, but some of its neighbours did not. (Reference: A Vision of Britain through Time)

Originally Burmarsh parish was part of the Worth Hundred and also of the Romney Marsh Liberty. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Romney Marsh Rural District.

A nineteenth century description

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

"BURMARSH, a parish in Romney-Marsh [registration] district, Kent; on the coast, adjacent to the Military canal, 3 miles SSW of Western hanger [railway] station, and 4 SW by W of Hythe. Post Town, Dymchurch, under Folkestone. Acres: 1,796. Real property: £4,612. Population: 170. Houses: 32. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £220. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is good."

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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