Place:Folkestone, Kent, England

Alt namesFulchestansource: Domesday Book (1985) p 147
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.083°N 1.183°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoFolkestone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Cheriton, Kent, Englandurban district which it absorbed in 1934
Sandgate, Kent, Englandurban district which it absorbed in 1934
Shepway (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which it was absorbed in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Folkestone is a port located on the English Channel, in Kent, in southeast England. For many years it had a cross-channel ferry travelling to Calais and Boulogne in France several times a day. Now it is the closest town to the entry to the Channel Tunnel which provides rail travel to Calais in less than an hour.

The town is 71.3 mi (114.7 km) from London and had a population of more than 45,000 in the UK census of 2001.

From 1835 until 1974 Folkestone was a municipal borough, and since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan Shepway District. In 1934 its territory was enlarged by the abolition and absorbtion of Cheriton and Sandgate Urban Districts, and by gaining parts of other parishes from Dover and Elham Rural Districts.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Folkestone.

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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