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- source: Family History Library Catalog
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Detling is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Maidstone in Kent, England. The parish is located on the slope of the North Downs, northeast of Maidstone, and on the Pilgrims' Way.
The village, 4 miles (6.4 km) from Maidstone, is bypassed by the A249 road, which opened in 1962. The Cock Horse Inn was used to stable additional horses when required to take heavily laden coaches and wagons on the steep route up Detling Hill.
The Grade I listed village church is dedicated to Martin of Tours.
The former airfield at the top of the hill was a Royal Navy Air Station during World War One, and an RAF station during World War Two. It was bombed by the Luftwaffe several times, with considerable loss of life. Its original area has been divided with some of the original hardstandings being used within a light industrial units area, part of the airfield is now farm land, and a significant part used by the Kent Showground. A memorial in Detling Village commemorates the service personnel from the airfield. See RAF Detling for more details.
The village is also home to a Tudor gateway that has stood since the time of Henry VIII.
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Detling was originally an ancient parish in the Maidstone Hundred of Kent. It was a civil parish in Hollingbourne Rural District from 1894 until 1974.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bishop's Transcripts for Kent parishes, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch since February 2016
- The Kent Family History Society and the North West Kent Family History Society are the most dominant, but there are also