Place:Maidstone, Kent, England

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NameMaidstone
Alt namesMaegdestanesource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 311
Maeidesstanasource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 311
Meddestanesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148; Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 311
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.283°N 0.533°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMaidstone (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which it was absorbed in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade as the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. There is evidence of a settlement in the area dating back to beyond the Stone Age.

The town is in the borough of Maidstone. In 2011, the town had a population of 113,137, about 73 per cent of the population of the borough.

Maidstone's economy has changed over the years from being involved in heavy industry, to more light industry and service industries.

History of the town

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Kent Research Tips

This list has been taken from GENUKI where more places and websites for researching are listed.

Archives and Libraries

Civil Registration and Census

  • 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.

Family History Societies

Most of the county is divided between the Kent FHS and the North West Kent FHS.

History

Probate Records

Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson

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