Place:Murston, Kent, England

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NameMurston
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.341°N 0.7524°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMilton Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Milton Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1930
Sittingbourne and Milton, Kent, Englandurban district into which Sittingbourne was absorbed in 1930
Swale District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which the area was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


Murston is now a suburb of Sittingbourne in Kent, England. It is about 1 mile northeast of central Sittingbourne, on the east bank of the Milton Creek.

From 1894 until 1930 it was a civil parish in Milton Rural District. It was part of the urban district of Sittingbourne and Milton Regis between 1930 and 1974, and since 1974 has been in the Swale District of Kent. Murston was originally an ancient parish in the Milton Hundred.

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):