- 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.
- 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