Place:West Cliffe, Kent, England

NameWest Cliffe
Alt namesWestclivesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
Westcliffesource: Wikipedia
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.15°N 1.35°E
Located inKent, England     ( - 1934)
See alsoBewsborough Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Dover Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
St. Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1934
East Langdon, Kent, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1934
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

West Cliffe is a village near Dover in the southeastern part of Kent, England.

West Cliffe was a civil parish in Dover Rural District from 1894 until 1934 when it was absorbed into the parishes of St. Margaret's at Cliffe and East Langdon. Since 1974 the area has been part of the non-metropolitan Dover District. Originally it was an ancient parish in the Bewsborough Hundred.

A nineteenth century description

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

"CLIFFE (West), a parish in Dover [registration] district, Kent; on the coast, 2¼ miles NE by N of Dover. Post town, Dover. Acres: 1,194; of which 25 are water. Real property: £1,846. Population: 122. Houses: 26. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £34. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. The church is tolerable."

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):