|Alt names||Hamstreet||source: village in parish|
|Ham Street||source: alternate spelling|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Kent, England|
|See also||Ham Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was located|
|Romney Marsh Liberty, Kent, England||further ancient county division in which it was located|
|East Ashford Rural, Kent, England||rural district of which it was a part 1894-1974|
|Ashford District, Kent, England||district municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Orlestone is a mid-sized civil parish in Ashford District, Kent, England, with a population of 1,407, according to the UK census of 2011. The centre of the parish is Hamstreet or Ham Street village which falls almost entirely within the parish but has a small fraction in the parish of Warehorne. Hamstreet is bypassed by the A2070 road, and is six miles south of Ashford.
Orlestone itself is a small hamlet with a small number of houses and the medieval parish church of St. Mary the Virgin, parts of which date to the 11th century. Much of the population moved to Hamstreet (originally known as Ham) when the Ashford to Hastings railway opened in 1853; there was also a better source of water at the newer place.
Orlestone was originally an ancient parish in Ham Hundred and also in the Romney Marsh Liberty. 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.
- 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):
Categories: Kent, England | Orlestone, Kent, England | Ham Hundred, Kent, England | Romney Marsh Liberty, Kent, England | East Ashford Rural, Kent, England | Ashford District, Kent, England