Place:Whitstable, Kent, England

Alt namesHarwich
Nortonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
TypeTown, Urban district
Coordinates51.367°N 1.033°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoCanterbury (district), Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which it was absorbed in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Whitstable is a seaside town located on the north coast of Kent. It is approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of Canterbury and approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) west of the seaside town of Herne Bay. It is part of the City of Canterbury District and has a population of about 30,000.

Whitstable became an urban district in 1894. It absorbed a part of Seasalter at that time. In 1934 its area was expanded by absorbing the civil parishes of Swalecliffe and the remaining part of Seasalter from Blean Rural District. The following year it also absorbed parts of Dunkirk, Graveney and Hernhill civil parishes which had been part of Faversham Rural District.

Whitstable is famous for its oysters, which have been collected in the area since at least Roman times. The town itself dates back to before the writing of the Domesday Book in 1086. Whitstable's distinctive character is popular with tourists, and its maritime heritage is celebrated with the annual oyster festival. Freshly caught shellfish are available throughout the year at several seafood restaurants and pubs in the town.

In 1830 one of the earliest passenger railway services was opened by the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway Company, and in 1832 the company opened Whitstable harbour and extended the line to enable passage to London from the port. The railway has since closed but the harbour still plays an important role in the town's economy.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Whitstable.

Kent Research Tips

This list has been taken from GENUKI where more places and websites for researching are listed.

Archives and Libraries

Civil Registration and Census

  • 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.


  • As of February 2016 entries from Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887, can be found on FamilySearch.

Family History Societies

Most of the county is divided between the Kent FHS and the North West Kent FHS.


Probate Records

Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson

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