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Godmersham is a village and civil parish in the Ashford District of Kent, England. The village straddles the Great Stour where it cuts through the North Downs. Its land is approximately one third woodland, all in the far east and west on the escarpment. It is six miles northeast of the town of Ashford on the A28 road midway between Ashford and Canterbury.
The village is divided in two by the floodplain of the Stour. The parish civil includes Godmersham village itself, and a smaller settlement named Bilting. It shares many of its activities with the smaller neighbouring parish of Crundale to the east.
The ancient parish church is dedicated to St Lawrence the Martyr, it is part Saxon, part 12th-century (Norman), and was restored in 1864, it contains a carving considered to be one of the earliest representations of Thomas Becket (1119-1170).
Godmersham Park House was built in 1732, and eventually became the property of Edward Austen Knight, brother of Jane Austen who is known to have visited often. Her novel Mansfield Park depicts similar characters and scenes as those visible at the start of the 19th century, and, in the case of architecture, still present.
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Godmersham was originally an ancient parish in the Felborough Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the East Ashford Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Ashford District. The parish covers 15.7 km2 (6.1 sq mi) and, in the 2011 UK census, had a popultion of 376.
- 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):