Place:Grange, Kent, England

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NameGrange
TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates51.3923°N 0.6126°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoChatham and Gillingham Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Medway Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1905
Gillingham, Kent, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was absorbed in 1905
Medway, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"GRANGE, an extra-parochial hamlet in Medway [registration] district, Kent; on the river Medway, adjacent to the Chatham and Dover railway, 1 mile E of New Brompton [railway] station, and 2½ ENE of Chatham. It is a member of the cinque port of Hastings; and it belonged to the families of Hastings, Philipotts, and Bamines. Acres: 415; of which 190 are water. Population: 206. Houses: 43. A small chapel, in perpendicular architecture, was built here by Sir John Philipott, in the time of Richard II.; and is now used as an outhouse."

Grange is to be found on the Ordnance Survey Map of 1900 described below. It is not far from the most built-up part of Gillingham at that time. It was absorbed into Gillingham in 1905.

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.
  • Steve Archer has produced a very useful round-up of the available census records for Kent - and where/from whom they are available.
  • 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.
  • Bishop's Transcripts for Kent parishes, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch since February 2016
  • The Kent Family History Society and the North West Kent Family History Society are the most dominant, but there are also