Place:Ham, Kent, England

Alt namesHamasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148
TypeHamlet, Former parish
Coordinates51.25°N 1.333°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 1894-1934
Northbourne, Kent, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1935
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also Ham Hundred in the Shepway Lathe west of Dover. The parish of Ham was not in Ham Hundred.

Ham is a hamlet near the town of Sandwich in Kent, England, within the parish of Northbourne and the Dover District. Ham was a separate civil parish from 1894 until 1935 and was within Eastry Rural District. Originally it was an ancient parish in the Eastry Hundred.

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

"HAM, a parish in Eastry [registration] district, Kent; 1 mile E of Eastry, and 2 S by W of Sandwich [railway] station. Post town, Eastry: under Sandwich. Acres: 320. Rated property: £787. Population: 47. Houses: 9. The property is divided among a few. Updown House is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £190. Patron: Sir W.James, Bart. The church is old but 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):
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