Place:Tilmanstone, Kent, England

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NameTilmanstone
Alt namesTilemanestonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.217°N 1.3°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEastry Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Eastry Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Waldershare, Kent, Englandadjoining parish part absorbed in 1935
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Tilmanstone is a small village in Kent, in the southeast of England, near Eastry which is a much bigger and more developed area. The name of Tilmanstone has historically been famous for its colliery, although the colliery is actually located in the village of Eythorne, and operated from 1906 to 1986 as one of the four main pits of the Kent coalfield.

The yew tree in the churchyard has been dated to more than 1,200 years, so it is likely that it is older than anything else in the village. The manors of Dane Court, South Court, and North Court form the foundation of the ancient village. The Kent Archaeological Society transcription of 1922 included the North Court and South Court Manor Court Rolls held in the Library of Lambeth Palace. These rolls cover the years 1753–1789. St. Andrew's Parish Church includes the Tilmanstone Brass, which recognized Richard Fogge circa 1482 and features a point perspective with three-dimensional figures, something that at the time was only popular in Florence.

Tilmanstone was originally an ancient parish in the Eastry Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the Eastry Rural District. In 1934 it absorbed part of the adjoining parish of Waldershare. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Dover District.

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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