Place:Wouldham, Kent, England

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NameWouldham
Alt namesOldehamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.333°N 0.467°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoLarkfield Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located Malling Rural, Kent, England|rural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Tonbridge and Malling District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Wouldham is a small village on the bank of the River Medway in Kent, England. As of 2006 its population was approximately 1000 people. Until 1963 there was a ferry crossing over the Medway to Halling on the opposite bank. On the Wouldham Marshes is Starkey House built in 1483: it is now a restored Grade II listed medieval manor house called Starkey Castle.

Wouldham was originally an ancient parish in the Larkfield Hundred of Kent. It was a civil parish in the Malling Rural District from 1894 until 1974. Since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan Tonbridge and Malling District.

In the churchyard, is the grave of Walter Burke, who was present on board Victory at the battle of Trafalgar and was the man who held Nelson in his arms as he died.

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.
  • 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
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