- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Chislehurst is now a suburban district in the southeastern part of Greater London, England and a part of the London Borough of Bromley. It borders the London Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich, and lies east of Bromley and south west of Sidcup. It is 10.5 miles (16.9 km) south east of Charing Cross (a basis for measuring distances in the centre of London).
The Chislehurst civil parish formed an urban district of Kent from 1900 to 1934 (for the six years previous it had been part of Bromley Rural District). In 1934 it became part of the Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District, which was split in 1965 between the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
A nineteenth century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Chislehurst from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "CHISELHURST, a village, a parish, and a [registration] sub-district in Bromley [registration] district, Kent. The village stands on a fine common, elevated about 300 feet above sea-level, near a station of its own name on the Direct Tunbridge railway, 3 miles E of Bromley; and has a post office under London SE., and a fair on Whit-Wednesday. The parish comprises 2,738 acres. Real property: £10,973. Population: 2,287. Houses: 424. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged to the Walsinghams; and passed to the Betensons and the Lords Sydney. Camden Place was the residence of Camden the antiquary, and is now a seat of Marquis Camden. The living is a rectory in the dio. of Canterbury. Value: £487. Patron: the Bishop of Worcester. The church is early and later English; was well restored in 1849; has a spire, rebuilt in 1858; and contains interesting monuments. The vicarage of Sidcup is a separate benefice. There are a church-school, Wesleyan and Roman Catholic chapels, national schools, a R. Catholic orphanage, and charities £79. Sir Francis Walsingham and Sir Nicholas Bacon were natives.
- "The [registration] sub-district contains eight parishes. Acres, 16,809. Population: 8,613. Houses, 1,594.
The list of "Famous Residents" given in Wikipedia extend beyond the 16th century and contain other historic people. The "Places of Worship" may also be of interest.
Greater London Research Tips
- See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
- The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
- GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
- GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
- The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
- London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
- London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
- The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
- Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
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.
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