- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Willesborough is a village, now in effect a residential suburb, on the eastern side of Ashford, Kent, England.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Willesborough from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "WILLESBOROUGH, a village and a parish in East Ashford [registration] district, Kent. The village stands 1¾ mile E of Ashford [railway] station; and has a post-office under Ashford, and a fair on Whit-Tuesday. The parish includes Aylesford hamlet, and part of Ashford-Newtown, called Alfred-Town; and contains East Ashford workhouse. Acres: 1,457. Real property: £5,302; of which £20 are in quarries. Population in 1851: 1,022; in 1861: 1,780, (of whom 148 were in the workhouse). Houses: 320. The increase of population was caused by the erection, at Alfred-Town, of a railway factory for engines and carriages, and of houses for the accommodation of the workmen. The property is subdivided. Sportlands, Court Lodge, and Street End House are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £182. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter ofThe church is decorated English. There is a national school."
Willesborough was originally an ancient parish in the Chart and Longbridge Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the East Ashford Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Ashford District.
- 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):