Place:Cheriton, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.088°N 1.142°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoFolkestone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Elham Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1998
Folkestone, Kent, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was part absorbed in 1934
Hythe, Kent, Englandcivil parish into which it was part absorbed in 1934
Shepway District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality in which it is located
source: Family History Library Catalog

Cheriton is a northern suburb of Folkestone in Kent, England. It is the location of the English terminal of the Channel Tunnel and of Shorncliffe Camp, a major army barracks.

Cheriton was originally an ancient parish in Folkestone Hundred. From 1894 until 1998 Cheriton was a civil parish in Elham Rural District. In 1998 it was made into an urban district. In 1934 it was abolished and split between Folkestone Municipal Borough and Hythe civil parish. Since 1974 it has been part of the Shepway non-metropolitan district.

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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