Place:Harrietsham, Kent, England

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NameHarrietsham
Alt namesHariardeshamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148
Fairbournesource: settlement in parish
Marleysource: settlement in parish
Pollhillsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.25°N 0.683°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEyhorne Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Hollingbourne Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Maidstone District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Harrietsham is a rural village and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, it has a population of around 1,504. The parish is located on the slope of the North Downs, east of Maidstone. Within its boundaries are settlements at Marley, Pollhill and Fairbourne.

The village, six miles (6.4 km) from the town, is bypassed by the A20 road between Maidstone and Ashford, although at one time all traffic passed through it. It is noted in the Domesday Book.

The village contains a number of listed buildings, the most important of which architecturally are The Old House in East Street and the Saxon Church of St John the Baptist, which are both listed Grade I. The village also includes a church dedicated to St Peter, a Roman Catholic church and several nonconformist churches.

Harrietsham railway station serves the village. Both the M20 motorway and High Speed 1 pass through the parish.

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Harrietsham was a civil parish in Hollingbourne Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the non-metropolitan Maidstone District.

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
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