Place:Great Chart, Kent, England

NameGreat Chart
Alt namesCerthsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148
Singletonsource: 20th century settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.133°N 0.833°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoCalehill Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Chart and Longbridge Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
West Ashford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Ashford District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Great Chart is a village in the modern civil parish of "Great Chart with Singleton" in the Ashford Borough (or District) of Kent, England. The parish is split between the ancient village of Great Chart and the modern Singleton neighbourhood on the western outskirts of the town of Ashford. The village centre of Great Chart is 2 miles (3.2 km) from the town centre. It is a largely agricultural village with the farms in the area producing cereals and grass for cattle and sheep. The civil parish had a population of 6,801 according to the UK census of 2011.

Great Chart was originally an ancient parish in the Calehill Hundred and also Chart and Longbridge Hundred. Between 1894 and 1974 it was part of the West Ashford Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Ashford District.

A nineteenth century description

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

"CHART (Great) a village and a parish in West Ashford [registration] district, Kent. The village stands adjacent to the Ashford and Tunbridge railway, near the river Stour, 2 miles W by S of Ashford; and has a post office under Ashford. It was formerly a market town; and it still has a fair on 5 April. The parish comprises 3,281 acres. Real property: £4,389. Population: 806. Houses: 152. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged anciently to Christ Church, Canterbury; and belongs now to the Chapter there. An earthquake was felt here in 1580. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £600. Patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is chiefly perpendicular English; was much repaired, in the 15th century, by the Goldwell family; and contains monuments of the Goldwells, the Tokes, and others. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and two alms-houses."

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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