Place:Sandhurst, Kent, England

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NameSandhurst
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.026°N 0.563°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoSelbrittenden Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Cranbrook Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Tunbridge Wells District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

The village and civil parish of Sandhurst is in Kent, England near the border with East Sussex. It is situated very close to Bodiam. It is located on the A268 road near the villages of Hawkhurst and Northiam. Sandhurst is in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells. According to the UK census of 2011, the parish had a population of 1,478.

The Black Death in 1348/49 is believed to be the cause of why the church in Sandhurst is located so far from the main village, although it could also be explained by an increase in trade heading from Hawkhurst to Rye on the coast of Sussex which caused the centre of the village to migrate to a spot more on the direct route.

Sandhurst was originally an ancient parish in the Selbrittenden Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Cranbrook Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Tunbridge Wells District or Borough.

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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