Place:Dover, Kent, England

Alt namesDouvressource: Rand McNally Atlas (1989) I-49
Doverasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 147
Doveresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 147
Dubrasource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Dubrissource: GRI Photo Archive, Authority File (1998) p 15043; Times Atlas of World History (1989) p 341
Dubris Portissource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 251
Dubris Portussource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Dubroesource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 70
Dwyrsource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
TypeCivil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.123°N 1.313°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoBewsborough Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division surrounding the town
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which it was absorbed in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Do not confuse Dover with its modern local authority, Dover District, or with Dover Registration District, both of which have been responsible for a much larger area than Dover itself.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Dover is a town and major ferry port in Kent, England. It faces France across the strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the [[wikipedia:English Channel|English Channel], and lies southeast of Canterbury, east of Kent's county town Maidstone, and northeast of Dungeness and Hastings on the coast. The town is the administrative centre of the Dover District and home of the Dover-Calais ferry through the Port of Dover. The surrounding chalk cliffs are known as the White Cliffs of Dover.

There was a military barracks in Dover, which was closed in 2007. Although many of the former ferry services have declined (with the opening of the Channel Tunnel), services related to the Port of Dover provide a great deal of the town’s employment, as does tourism.

In the UK census of 2011 Dover's population was 31,022.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Dover.

Ancient Parishes of Dover

The following churches and Dover Castle are recorded as being parishes within Dover. Some of them became civil parishes during the 19th century (1837-1896) and were used as census recording places and for civil registration. All have been redirected here. English Jurisdictions 1851 does not show any Dover churches.

Dover St. James the Apostleancient parishcivil parish until 1896
Dover Castleextraparochial areacivil parish until 1934
Dover St. Mary the Virginancient parishcivil parish until 1896
Dover St. Nicholasancient parish
Dover St. Martin the Lessancient parish
Dover St. Martin the Greaterancient parish
Dover St. Johnancient parish
Dover St. Peterancient parish
Dover Trinityecclesiastical parish

Research Tips

  • Dover in A Vision of Britain Through Time
  • 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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