Place:Bearsted, Kent, England

Alt namesBerstedsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.2736°N 0.5816°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEyhorne Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Maidstone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Maidstone Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Maidstone District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

NOTE: There is also a place named Brasted to the west near Sevenoaks in Kent.

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Bearsted is a village and civil parish with railway station in mid-Kent, two miles (3.2 km) east of Maidstone town centre.

The village was historically concentrated around Church Lane and The Green which includes The Street. The village is on the north bank of the river Len, a tributary of the River Medway at the foot of the North Downs. A stream, the Lilk, flows south into the river Len through Bearsted.

Although part of the growing conurbation of Maidstone, the centre of Bearsted retains a traditional village look with 59 listed properties, many surrounding the village green. The parish of Bearsted has a population of 8,209 according to the UK census of 2011.

A nineteenth century description

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

"BEARSTED, or Bersted, a parish in Maidstone [registration] district, Kent; on a tributary of the Medway river, 2½ miles E by S of Maidstone [railway] station. It has a post office under Maidstone. Acres: 610. Real property: £2,636. Population: 638. Houses: 132. The property is divided among a few. Some lands here were held by the Bertie family before the reign of Henry II. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £191. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is perpendicular English; and has a tower with three rude figures, said to refer to the name Bearsted. There is a large national school."

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.
  • 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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