Place:Sandgate, Kent, England

Alt namesShorncliffesource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Urban district
Coordinates51.083°N 1.133°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoCheriton, Kent, Englandparish of which it was a part until 1894
Folkestone, Kent, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was absorbed in 1934
Shepway (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Sandgate was an urban district from 1894 to 1934 (having previously been part of Cheriton parish). It was added to Folkestone in 1934. With the rest of Folkestone it is now part of the Shepway District of Kent, England. In 2004, the village re-acquired civil parish status. It had a population of 4,225 at the 2001 census.

It is the site of Sandgate Castle, a Device Fort. The Device Forts, also known as Henrician Castles, are a series of artillery fortifications built to defend the southern coast of England by Henry VIII. After the King's divorce of Catherine of Aragon, England was left politically isolated, and the resulting hostility between France and Spain in 1538 aroused fears of invasion.

Sandgate is also the location of the Shorncliffe Redoubt, a Napoleonic era earthwork fort associated with Sir John Moore and the 95th Regiment of Foot, known as the 95th Rifles.

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.


  • As of February 2016 entries from Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch.

Family History Societies

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


Probate Records

Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson

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