- source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: A Vision of Britain through Time refers to "Elmsted" in its database of parishes, but Wilson's Gazetteer lists it as "Elmstead". Variations in spelling such as this are common. However, there is also an "Elmstead", referred to as a district, in Bromley in Greater London. Bromley was in Kent until 1965. The writer can find no evidence that the Elmstead in Bromley was a parish or any other organized part of the borough going back beyond 1900. The titles of sources for data in Elmsted (found under the left-hand tab "What Links Here"), for the most part, refer to Elmstead (and the FamilySearch Wiki also uses both spellings in its article). Without careful inspection of the sources themselves it is difficult to assess whether any of them actually refers to the Elmstead in Bromley, but there is a distinct possibility that some might.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Elmsted from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "ELMSTEAD, a parish in Elham district, Kent; 4½ miles ESE of Wye [railway] station, and 6½ ENE of Ashford. It has a post office under Ashford, and a fair on 25 July. Acres: 2,692. Real property: £2,692. Population: 492. Houses: 93. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £80. Patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is old but good."
There is no article in Wikipedia on Elmsted, but there is an article on Elmstead in Bromley.
Elmsted was a civil parish in Elham Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the Shepway non-metropolitan district.