Place:Elmstone, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.295°N 1.245°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoPreston Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Eastry Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1935
Preston by Wingham, Kent, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1935
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Elmstone is a village in the eastern part of Kent, England, between Canterbury and Sandwich. Until 1935 it was a civil parish in Eastry Rural District. It was then absorbed into the neighbouring parish of Preston by Wingham with a small part going to Wingham itself. Since 1974 the area has been part of the Dover District.

Originally it was an ancient parish in the Preston Hundred.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Elmstone from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ELMSTONE, a parish in Eastry [registration] district, Kent; near the river Stour, 2 miles S of Grove Ferry [railway] station, and 2½ NNE of Wingham. Post town: Stourmouth, under Sandwich. Acres: 432. Real property: £1,198. Population: 75. Houses: 17. The property is not much divided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £240. Patron: W. Delmar, Esq. The church is good."

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):