Place:Snargate, Kent, England

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NameSnargate
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.0226°N 0.837°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoAloesbridge Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Liberty, Kent, Englandfurther ancient county division in which it was located
Romney Marsh Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Shepway District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog


Snargate is a village and civil parish near New Romney in Kent, England. The parish was enlarged in 1934 when the boundaries of a number of nearby parishes were realigned and some were abolished (including Fairfield).

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

"SNARGATE, a parish in Romney-Marsh [registration] district, Kent; 1½ mile SE of Appledore [railway] station, and 6 WNW of New Romney. Post town: Brookland, under Folkestone. Acres: 1,591. Real property: £3,763. Population: 71. Houses: 15. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory, united with Snave, in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £230. Patron: the Archbishop of [Canterbury]. The church is early English and good."

Snargate was originally an ancient parish in Aloesbridge Hundred and also in the Romney Marsh Liberty. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Romney Marsh Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Borough of Shepway.

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.
  • 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.
  • Bishop's Transcripts for Kent parishes, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch since February 2016
  • The Kent Family History Society and the North West Kent Family History Society are the most dominant, but there are also