Place:Eastchurch, Kent, England

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NameEastchurch
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.417°N 0.867°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoIsle of Sheppey Liberty, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Sheppey Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Swale District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Eastchurch is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Sheppey, in the English county of Kent, two miles east of Minster in Sheppey. In the UK census of 2011 it had a population of 3,022.

The village website claims "it has a history steeped in stories of piracy and smugglers".

Eastchurch is styled the "home of British aviation" as Eastchurch airfield saw the first controlled flight by a British pilot on British soil.

The Eastchurch airfield played a significant role in the history of British aviation from 1909 when Frank McClean acquired Stonepits Farm, on the marshes across from Leysdown, converting the land into an airfield for members of the Aero Club of Great Britain.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Eastchurch. There is quite a bit more about the airfield and about the numerous early flyers who used it.

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Eastchurch was originally an ancient parish in the Isle of Sheppey Liberty. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Sheppey Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Swale 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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