Place:Hurst, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.058°N 0.954°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoStreet Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Liberty, Kent, Englandfurther ancient county division in which it was located
East Ashford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
Aldington, Kent, Englandparish which absorbed the major part of the parish in 1934
Ashford District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"HURST, a parish in East Ashford [registration] district, Kent; on the Royal Military canal, and partly within Romney marsh, 2¾ miles S of Smeeth [railway] station, and 6½ SE of Ashford. Post town: Hythe, Kent. Acres: 459. Real property: £744. Population: 51. Houses: 6. The living is a sinecure rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £60. Patron: H. W. Carter, Esq. There is no church; and the inhabitants attend the church of Aldington."

Hurst was originally an ancient parish in the Street Hundred and also in the Romney Marsh Liberty. Between 1894 and 1934 it was part of the East Ashford Rural District. In 1934 the parish was abolished and the area split between the parishes of Aldington and Burmarsh with Aldington taking by far the larger share. 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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