Place:Folkestone, Kent, England

Alt namesFulchestansource: Domesday Book (1985) p 147
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.083°N 1.183°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoFolkestone Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Cheriton, Kent, Englandurban district which it absorbed in 1934
Sandgate, Kent, Englandurban district which it absorbed in 1934
Shepway District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which it was absorbed in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Folkestone is a port located on the English Channel, in Kent, in southeast England. For many years it had a cross-channel ferry travelling to Calais and Boulogne in France several times a day. Now it is the closest town to the entry to the Channel Tunnel which provides rail travel to Calais in less than an hour.

The town is 71.3 mi (114.7 km) from London and had a population of 46,698 in the UK census of 2011.

From 1835 until 1974 Folkestone was a municipal borough, and since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan Shepway District. In 1934 its territory was enlarged by the abolition and absorbtion of Cheriton and Sandgate Urban Districts, and by gaining parts of other parishes from Dover and Elham Rural Districts.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Folkestone.

Ancient Parishes of Folkestone

The following churches are recorded as being parishes within Folkestone. All have been redirected here. English Jurisdictions 1851 does not list these churches.

Folkestone Christ Churchepiscopal parish
Folkestone St. Peterepiscopal parish
Folkestone Holy Trinityepiscopal parish
Folkestone St. Michael and All Angelsepiscopal parish
Folkestone St. John the Baptistepiscopal parish
Folkestone St. Saviourepiscopal parish
Folkestone Holy Trinity With Christ Churchepiscopal parish

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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