Place:Bapchild, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.317°N 0.767°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMilton Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Milton Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
Swale Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1935-1974
Swale District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bapchild is a village and civil parish in the Swale District of Kent, England, about two miles east of Sittingbourne. It lies on the old Roman road (Watling Street) now the (A2). According to the 2001 UK census, the parish had a population of 1,068 which had increased to 1,141 by the 2011 UK census. (In 2011 the neighbouring small parish of Tonge was added to Bapchild and the populations combined).

The village has its own church, the Grade I listed 'Church of St Lawrence' in the diocese of Canterbury and in the deanery of Sittingbourne.

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

"BAPCHILD, a village and a parish in Milton [registration] district, Kent. The village stands near the Chatham railway, 1 mile ESE of Sittingbourne; and has a post office under Sittingbourne. It probably was the Saxon "Bachancild", where Wihtred, king of Kent, in 694, held his great council for the repairing of churches. The parish comprises 1,058 acres. Real property: £3,160. Population: 389. Houses: 85. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Crown in the time of King John; and was then given to Chichester cathedral. Bapchild Court, adjoining the village, is the seat of W. Gascoigne, Esq. A small oratory stood by the wayside, as a resting-place for pilgrims in route to Canterbury; but has disappeared. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £192. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Chichester. The church consists of nave, north aisle, two chancels, and a square tower; is principally Norman, but contains many parts in various dates of English; and is in very good condition."

Bapchild was originally an ancient parish in the Milton Hundred. Between 1894 and 1935 it was part of the Milton Rural District. In 1935 Milton Rural District was abolished and the area was transferred to Swale Rural District. Also in 1935 Bapchild's area was reduced when 246 acres were transferred to the new civil parish of Sittingbourne and Milton and 523 acres were absorbed by the parish of Tonge. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Swale District.

Research Tips

  • Bapchild Village Website not only provides information on the village and its history but also has a genealogy section.
  • 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):
  • Volume 2 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1926) is available online through the auspices of British History Online. It includes accounts of the early history of Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals, and of several sites now within the conurbation of London.
  • Volume 3 of the Victoria County History of Kent (published 1932) This includes the text of, and the index to, the Kent Domesday survey. It has been provided by the Kent Archaeological Society.
  • In place of the other volumes of the Victoria County History, British History Online has transcriptions of the numerous volumes of The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent by Edward Hasted (originally published 1797)
  • English Jurisdictions 1851, a parish finding aid provided by FamilySearch, is particularly helpful in locating parishes in large ancient towns and cities like Canterbury.
  • Kent Probate Records Numerous links provided by Maureen Rawson
  • GENUKI lists other possible sources, however, it does not serve Kent so well as it does some other counties.
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