|Alt names||Estoches||source: Domesday Book (1985) p 149|
|Stoches||source: Domesday Book (1985) p 149|
|Upper Stoke||source: Wikipedia|
|Lower Stoke||source: Wikipedia|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Kent, England|
|See also||Hoo Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Shamwell Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Hoo Rural, Kent, England||rural district of which it was a part 1894-1934|
|Strood Rural, Kent, England||rural district of which it was a part 1934-1974|
|Rochester upon Medway, Kent, England||district municipality covering the area 1974-1998|
|Medway, Kent, England||unitary authority covering the area since 1998|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Stoke is a civil parish on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent, England, to the south of Allhallows, on the north side of the Medway Estuary. According to the 2001 UK census it had a population of 1,063, reducing marginally to 1,060 at the 2011 UK census.
The two small villages of Lower Stoke and Stoke (sometimes referred to as Upper Stoke) stand on low lying fertile farmland that is at most 17m above high water. The farmland descends to the Stoke Saltings – a maze of intricate channels and small islands beloved by wading birds. The church of Saints Peter and Paul is in Stoke; it was an appendage to the Manor of Great Hoo. The building contains some Norman and Early English work dating from 1175. It has no spire.
In an Anglo-Saxon charter Stoke is referred to as "Andescohesham". It was passed with other lands by Eadberht, son of King Wihtred of Kent to the See of Rochester for "the good of his soul and the remission of sins". In Domesday Book of 1086 it is called "Estoches" and "Stoches".
Due to its low lying nature, Stoke has often suffered flooding, such as in 1158, 1235, 1309, 1682, and 1735 when ploughmen were swept from their fields as the sea broke through. Also, in 1791, 1854, 1874, and 1897, Stoke was cut off from the Isle of Grain for a week.
There was a large airship base nearby at Kingsnorth from which patrols covering the North Sea were launched during World War I. The site is now covered by Kingsnorth Power Station.
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Stoke was a civil parish in Hoo Rural District from 1894 until 1934, in Strood Rural District from 1934 until 1974, and since 1974 was, first, part of the Rochester upon Medway 1974-1998, and then part of the Medway unitary authority since 1998.
- 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):
Categories: Kent, England | Stoke, Kent, England | Hoo Hundred, Kent, England | Shamwell Hundred, Kent, England | Hoo Rural, Kent, England | Strood Rural, Kent, England | Rochester upon Medway, Kent, England | Medway, Kent, England