Place:Orgarswick, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.039°N 0.978°E
Located inKent, England     ( - 1934)
See alsoWorth Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Liberty, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Burmarsh, Kent, Englandparish which absorbed Orgarswick on it abolition in 1934
Shepway District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Orgarswick was a very small parish (in terms of population) located in Romney Marsh Rural District until 1934. It was originally an ancient parish in the Worth Hundred and also in the Romney Marsh Liberty. The parish was abolished in 1934 and the land transferred to Burmarsh parish. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Shepway District.

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

"ORGARSWICK, a parish in Romney-Marsh [registration] district, Kent; in Romney marsh, 3½ miles E S E of Ham-street [railway] station, and 4 N by E of New Romney. Post-town, Dymchurch, under Folkestone. Acres: 392. Real property: £1,189. Population: 10. House: 1. The property is divided among a few. The living is a sinecure rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £39. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. There is no church."

  • 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):