Place:Ickham and Well, Kent, England

NameIckham and Well
Alt namesIckhamsource: village in parish
Bramlingsource: hamlet in parish
Wellsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.27°N 1.19°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoDownhamford Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Bridge Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
Bridge Blean Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1934-1974
Canterbury District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Ickham and Well is a mostly rural civil parish east of Canterbury in the southeast of Kent, England. Ickham centres on a single road.

The parish covers the villages of Ickham and Bramling (both redirected here). It has several listed buildings in architecture of old, well-preserved houses, with the 13th-century Parish Church of St John the Evangelist in the midst.

The Rivers Little Stour and Wingham flow through the parish before joining with the Great Stour to become the River Stour.

Ickham and Well was originally an ancient parish in the Downhamford Hundred. Between 1894 and 1934 it was part of the Bridge Rural District. In 1934 the Bridge Rural District was abolished and its parishes became part of the larger Blean Bridge Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Canterbury District.

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

"ICKHAM, a village and a parish in Bridge [registration] district, Kent. The village stands on the Little Stour river, 2½ miles NE of Beaksbourne [railway] station, and 4½ E of Canterbury; and was anciently called Yecham. The parish contains also Well hamlet, formerly a chapelry. Posttown, Wingham, under Sandwich. Acres: 2,440. Real property: £6,475. Population: 588. Houses: 118. The property is divided among a few. Lee Priory belonged formerly to the Barrets, and had a monastic appearance; but belongs now to F. Philips, Esq., and has been altered and enlarged in the domestic pointed style. Well Court belonged formerly to the Cliffords. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £997. Patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church consists of nave and aisles, with a cross septiment and a tower; and was recently repaired and beautified. Charities, £15."

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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