Place:Strood, Kent, England

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NameStrood
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.4°N 0.467°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoShamwell Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Strood Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which part of it was situated 1894-1974
Rochester, Kent, Englandtown into which it was steadily absorbed during the period 1894-1974
Medway, Kent, Englandunitary authority of which it has been part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Strood has been since 1974 a town in the unitary authority of Medway in southeast England. It was, until 1998, part of Kent and is still ceremonially associated via the Lieutenancies Act. It lies on the north west bank of the River Medway at its lowest bridging point, and is part of the Rochester post town.

Strood was part of Frindsbury until 1193, but now Frindsbury is considered part of Strood. Strood's history has been dominated by the river, the bridges and the road and rail links they carried. It is now a mainly residential suburb of Rochester, and a commuter town for London.

Strood was divided into Strood Intra and Strood Extra civil parishes in 1894. Strood Intra was absorbed immediately into Rochester. Strood Extra remained as a civil parish within Strood Rural District until it was abolished in 1974, but several pieces of the parish were absorbed into Rochester during that 80 years. It became part of Rochester upon Medway 1974-1998, and the Medway unitary authority since 1998.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Strood.

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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