Place:Swingfield, Kent, England

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NameSwingfield
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.152°N 1.191°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoFolkestone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Elham Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Shepway District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"SWINGFIELD, a parish, with a village, in Elham [registration] district, Kent; 3½ miles W by S of Ewell [railway] station, and 5 N of Folkestone. Post town: Canterbury. Acres: 2,638. Real property: £2,608. Population: 418. Houses: 70. A preceptory of the Knights of St. John was founded here in the time of Henry II., and has left interesting remains. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £54. Patron: the Rev. G. Lamotte. The church is good. Bishop Richard de Swingfield, who died in 1316, was a native."

Swingfield was originally an ancient parish in Folkestone Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Elham Rural District. The parish lost 405 unpopulated acres to the parish of Wootton in 1934. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Shepway District.

Wikipedia has an article on the preceptory.

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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