Place:Luddesdowne, Kent, England

Alt namesLedesdunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148
Luddesdownsource: Wikipedia
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.367°N 0.4°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoToltingtrough Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Strood Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Gravesham District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Luddesdowne, more recently known as Luddesdown, is a civil parish in the Gravesham District of Kent, England. The shape of the parish is long and narrow on a south-north axis, following a dry valley. It is bounded on the west by the parish of Meopham, on the north by Cobham, on the east by Cuxton and Halling. On the south are the parishes of Snodland and Birling, both in the Tonbridge and Malling District. The built up area of Luddesdown is on the division between the districts (and in earlier days on the division between the rural districts) and some of the important buildings of the village, such as the church, are actually in the parish of Snodland.

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