Place:Queenborough, Kent, England

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NameQueenborough
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.417°N 0.767°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoIsle of Sheppey Liberty, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Queenborough in Sheppey, Kent, Englandmunicipal borough of which it was part 1968-1974
Swale District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: This is Queenborough in Kent, England. It is not Queensborough in New York City or in British Columbia, Canada.


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Queenborough is a small town on the Isle of Sheppey in theSwale Borough of Kent, England .

Queenborough is two miles (3.2 km) south of Sheerness. It grew as a port near the Thames Estuary at the westward entrance to The Swale where it joins the River Medway. Queenborough was made a municipal borough in 1885 and retained this status until 1968 when its name was changed to Queenborough in Sheppey. It was originally an ancient parish in the Isle of Sheppey Liberty. Its population in the UK census of 2011 was 3,407.

Queenborough Harbour offers moorings between the Thames and Medway. It is possible to land at Queenborough on any tide and there are boat builders and chandlers in the marina. Admiral Lord Nelson (1758-1805) is reputed to have learned many of his seafaring skills in these waters, and also shared a house near the small harbour with his mistress, Lady Hamilton.

Queenborough today still reflects something of its original 18th-century seafaring history, from which period most of its more prominent buildings survive. The church is the sole surviving feature from the medieval period.

History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Queenborough#History.

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):
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