Place:Hothfield, Kent, England

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NameHothfield
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.1701°N 0.819°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoCalehill Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Chart and Longbridge Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
West Ashford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Ashford District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Hothfield is a village and civil parish in the Ashford Borough of Kent, England and is 3 miles northwest of Ashford on the A20 road. It is completely split in two by Hothfield Common, 58 hectares (143 acres) of heathland and lowland valley bogs. To the immediate south is the private parkland of the former Hothfield House. This area is crossed by the Greensand Way passing the church en route to Godinton House. A small part of the neighbourhood of Ram Lane is in the far northern point of the civil parish. Small tributaries of the West Stour rise in the parish. The population of the parish, according to the UK census of 2011, was 780.

The medieval parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret; it was rebuilt in 1598 after a fire.

Hothfield in Edward Hasted's Topography of Kent (1798) has a substantial amount of information about the history and the then layout of land and settlement. (This book is online and linked in Research Tips below.)

The boundaries of the parish of Hothfield may have been redrawn since 1974. According to the earlier maps listed below, Hothfield Common is marked in Westwell parish to the north.

Hothfield was originally an ancient parish in the Calehill Hundred and also in the Chart and Longbridge Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the West Ashford Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Ashford 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.
  • 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):
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