Place:West Kingsdown, Kent, England

NameWest Kingsdown
Alt namesKingsdown (near Eynsford)source: Family History Library Catalog
Kingsdown (near Eynesford)source: spelling error
Kingsdown Near Eynsfordsource: name variation
Kingsdown (near Dartford)source: various censuses
Kingsdown (West Kingsdown)source: alternate name
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.35°N 0.283°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoAxstane Dartford and Wilmington Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Codsheath Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Dartford Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Sevenoaks District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality to which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: In the 1950s the village of Kingsdown (the main centre of population in the parish) changed its name to West Kingsdown. This was at the request of the Post Office to avoid confusion with other villages in east Kent with the same name. (Kingsdown (near Eynsford) has been re-directed here since maps show that West Kingsdown is the only Kingsdown near Eynsford.)

FamilySearch and the Family History Library Catalog still use Kingsdown-near-Eynsford to describe West Kingsdown.

NOTE: Kingsdown (near Deal) and Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne) are two other places named Kingsdown in Kent, situated many miles from each other. Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne) is titled Kingsdown (hamlet) in Wikipedia, while Kingsdown (near Deal) is titled Kingsdown, Kent.

The parish church in Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne) is dedicated to St. Catherine; the parish church in Kingsdown (near Deal) is dedicated to St. John the Evangelist; and the parish church in West Kingsdown is dedicated to St. Edmund the Martyr (sometimes known as St. Edmund the King).

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

West Kingsdown is a village in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England and borders the Tonbridge and Malling Borough. It is located on the A20 road, around 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Swanley and around 5.5 miles (9 km) northeast of the town of Sevenoaks. In 2011 it had a population of just over 6,000.

The parish was part of the Axstane Dartford and Wilmington Hundred (originally the Axstane Hundred) and later the Dartford Rural District. The village, because of its situation near London, grew considerably after the First World War from a relatively small farming community to a commuter village of around 5,000 residents, expanding mainly on the northeast side of the A20.

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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