Place:Eythorne, Kent, England

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NameEythorne
Alt namesEythornsource: alternate spelling
Lower Eythornesource: settlement in parish
Upper Eythornesource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.183°N 1.283°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEastry Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Eastry Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Eythorne is a civil parish and a village of about 1,000 homes, located 7.3 miles NNW of Dover in Kent, England. There are currently about 2,500 residents. Although not classed as one of the former pit villages of Kent, it was however situated approximately one mile from Tilmanstone colliery which closed in 1986. Today many of its residents commute to work in Dover (Docks), or in Canterbury.

Eythorne Baptist Church is more than 450 years old and one of the first Baptist churches in the United Kingdom. Esther Copley, wife of William Copley, who was minister in Eythorne from about 1839 to 1843, was a prolific and successful writer of children's books and books on domestic economy. She died in the village in 1851. The village is on the East Kent Railway, a heritage railway.

Eythorne is historically set in two halves, Lower Eythorne where the Church of England and Roman Catholic churches are situated, and Upper Eythorne, the commercial area and where most of today's villagers live. Eythorne parish absorbed the parish of Barfrestone in 1935.

Eythorne was originally an ancient parish in the Eastry Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Eastry Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Dover 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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