Place:Horsmonden, Kent, England

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NameHorsmonden
Alt namesHorsemondensource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.139°N 0.4288°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoBrenchley and Horsmonden Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Larkfield Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Tonbridge Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Tunbridge Wells District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Horsmonden is a village in the Tunbridge Wells District of Kent, England. The village is located in the Weald of Kent. It is situated on a road leading from Maidstone to Lamberhurst, three miles north of the latter place. The nearest railway station is Paddock Wood. The population, according to the UK census of 2001 was 1,620, increasing to 2,435 at the UK census of 2011.

The village was an important centre of the medieval iron industry and the nearby Furnace Pond is one of the largest and finest of the artificial lakes constructed to provide water power for the works. King Charles I visited the foundry in 1638 to watch a canon being cast - a bronze four-pounder, forty-two inches long, now preserved in London's White Tower.

The village was home to Jane Austen's grandfather and several other of her relatives, many of whom lived at Capel Manor House. Many of the family's graves can be seen in the churchyard of St. Margaret's Church, which is located some distance away from the centre of the village towards the neighbouring village of Goudhurst.

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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