|Alt names||Kingsdown (near Eynsford)||source: Family History Library Catalog|
|Kingsdown (near Eynesford)||source: spelling error|
|Kingsdown (West Kingsdown)||source: alternate name|
|Type||Village, Civil parish|
|Located in||Kent, England|
|See also||Axstane Dartford and Wilmington Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Codsheath Hundred, Kent, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Dartford Rural, Kent, England||rural district of which it was a part 1894-1974|
|Sevenoaks District, Kent, England||district municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: In the 1950s the village of Kingsdown (the main centre of population in the parish) changed its name to West Kingsdown. This was at the request of the Post Office to avoid confusion with other villages in east Kent with the same name. (Kingsdown (near Eynsford) has been re-directed here since maps show that West Kingsdown is the only Kingsdown near Eynsford.) The other places named Kingsdown are Kingsdown (near Deal) and Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne).
FamilySearch and the Family History Library Catalog still use Kingsdown-near-Eynsford to describe West Kingsdown.
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
West Kingsdown is a village in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England and borders the Tonbridge and Malling Borough. It is located on the A20 road, around 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Swanley and around 5.5 miles (9 km) northeast of the town of Sevenoaks. In 2011 it had a population of just over 6,000.
The parish was part of the Axstane Dartford and Wilmington Hundred (originally the Axstane Hundred) and later the Dartford Rural District. The village, because of its situation near London, grew considerably after the First World War from a relatively small farming community to a commuter village of around 5,000 residents, expanding mainly on the northeast side of the A20.
- 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
Categories: Kent, England | West Kingsdown, Kent, England | Axstane Dartford and Wilmington Hundred, Kent, England | Codsheath Hundred, Kent, England | Dartford Rural, Kent, England | Sevenoaks District, Kent, England