Place:Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne), Kent, England

NameKingsdown (near Sittingbourne)
Alt namesKingsdown
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.3°N 0.767°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMilton Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Milton Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1935
Swale Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1935-1974
Swale District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne) and Kingsdown (near Deal) are two different places 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. There is also a West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks.

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.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Kingsdown is a small hamlet surrounded by the villages of Frinsted, Milstead, Doddington and Lynsted in Kent, England.

The hamlet is now (post 1974) within the civil and ecclesiastical parish of Lynsted with Kingsdown. Kingsdown was originally an ancient parish in the Milton Hundred. Between 1894 and 1935 it was a civil parish and part of the Milton Rural District. In 1935 Milton Rural District was abolished and the area was transferred to Swale Rural District. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Swale District District. The area around the hamlet includes the Torry Hill estate.

The hamlet is focused around a 19th-century redundant Anglican church dedicated to St Catherine. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

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

"KINGSDOWN, a parish in Milton [registration] district, Kent; 4 miles SSE of Sittingbourne [railway] station. Post town: Sittingbourne. Acres: 695. Real property: £931. Population: 96. Houses: 18. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Lord Kingsdown. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £200. Patron: Lord Kingsdown. The church was built in 1865, after designs by Pugin; is in the early English style: and consists of nave and chancel, with a spire."

Augustus Pugin (1812-1852) was the designer of the interior of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Kingsdown (hamlet). Includes a brief outline of the manor of Torry Hill and its first owner, Thomas Pemberton Leigh (1793-1867).

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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