Place:Westgate Holy Cross Within, Kent, England

NameWestgate Holy Cross Within
Alt namesHolycross-Westgatesource: name variation
Holycross-Westgate Withinsource: name variation
Coordinates51.2814°N 1.0758°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoCanterbury, Kent, Englandcity in which it is located
Canterbury (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

The following description has been used for both Westgate Holy Cross Within and Westgate Holy Cross Without.

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

"HOLYCROSS-WESTGATE, a parish, consisting of two parts, [Westgate Holy Cross] Within and [Westgate Holy Cross] Without, in Kent; adjoining St. Dunstan [eccleasiasticl parish], and forming a western outskirt of Canterbury city. [Westgate Holy Cross] is in Canterbury [registration] district, and comprises 31 acres. Real property: £880. Population: 249. Houses: 48. [Westgate Holy Cross] Without is in Bridge [registration] district, and comprises 72 acres. Real property: £2,748. Population: 816. Houses: 165. The entire parish is now in Canterbury borough; but only [Westgate Holy Cross] Within was in it prior to the reform act [1832]. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of St. Peter, in the diocese of Canterbury. The church was rebuilt about 1381, and was recently in bad condition."

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