- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: This is the small village of Leeds in the county of Kent. It is not the large town of Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Leeds is a village and civil parish in the Maidstone District of Kent, England. The parish is located to the east of Maidstone.
The village of Leeds is five miles (8 km) from the county town. It appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 called Esledes - an old English word meaning "slope" or "hillside". It is so called because the village is on the hillside above the River Len, a tributary of the River Medway. An alternative explanation for the name is that it derived its name from Ledian, who built the first wooden fortress here in 978.
St Nicholas's Church has the second largest Norman tower in England. Leeds Priory was dissolved in 1539. To the east of the village is Leeds Castle. The church and the castle are Grade I listed buildings and the site of the priory is a scheduled monument.
To the west and between Otham and Leeds the area of Caring is located.
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Leeds was a civil parish in Hollingbourne Rural District from 1894 until 1974. Originally it was an ancient parish in the Eyhorne Hundred.
- 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