|Alt names||Hawkenbury||source: village in parish|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Kent, England|
|See also||Maidstone Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Eyhorne Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Maidstone Rural, Kent, England||rural district of which it was a part 1894-1974|
|Maidstone District, Kent, England||district municipality which has covered the area since 1974|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Staplehurst is a large village and civil parish, situated south of Maidstone in Kent, England. The name Staplehurst comes from the Saxon words staple (meaning "post") and hurst (meaning "wood" or "clearing in a forest"). The village lies on the route of a Roman road, which is now incorporated into the course of the A229.
There are approximately 2,600 households and 6,000 residents, a population that brings the village on par with some small towns. The parish population includes the village of Hawkenbury.
Staplehurst was a civil parish in Maidstone Rural District from 1894 until 1974, and since 1974 has been part of the non-metropolitan Maidstone District. Originally it was an ancient parish in both the Eyhorne Hundred and the Maidstone Hundred.
- 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
Categories: Kent, England | Staplehurst, Kent, England | Maidstone Hundred, Kent, England | Eyhorne Hundred, Kent, England | Maidstone Rural, Kent, England | Maidstone District, Kent, England