Place:Hawkinge, Kent, England

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NameHawkinge
Alt namesHawkingsource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-70
Uphillsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.117°N 1.164°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoFolkestone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Elham Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Shepway 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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Hawkinge is now a town and civil parish in the Shepway District of Kent, England. The original village of Hawkinge is actually just less than a mile (about 1.3 km) due east of the present village centre; the modern, much larger, village of Hawkinge was formed by the merging of Hawkinge with the hamlet of Uphill which was within the parish. Walking south from the village past it is possible to see stunning views of Cheriton, Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel complex.

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Hawkinge was originally an ancient parish in Folkestone Hundred. It was a civil parish in Elham Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the non-metropolitan Shepway District.

World War II

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During World War II, RAF Hawkinge was the closest operational airfield to France and was used during the Battle of Britain. The airfield is now the site of extensive residential development, which has expanded Hawkinge's population to 9,000. Depending on further building, the population is still expected to grow to 11,000. The construction of the houses was hampered by the discovery of several pipe bombs, put there in the event of a German invasion to render the airfield useless to enemy airplanes. There are several reminders of the war in and near the site of the original village; the Kent Battle of Britain Museum and various pillboxes are scattered amongst the farms.

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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