Place:Lamberhurst, Kent, England

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Alt namesBayhamsource: abbey ruin in parish
The Downsource: hamlet in parish
Hook Green (Lamberhurst)source: hamlet in parish
Scotneysource: hamlet in parish
Coordinates51.097°N 0.393°E
Located inKent, England     (1895 - )
Also located inSussex, England     ( - 1895)
See alsoPevensey Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Loxfield Pelham Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Brenchley and Horsmonden Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Ticehurst Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1895
Tonbridge Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1895-1974
Tunbridge Wells District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which the parish was transferred in 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Lamberhurst is a village and civil parish in Kent, England which also contains the hamlets of The Down, Scotney and Hook Green (Lamberhurst). (There is another Hook Green in the parish of Meopham). At the 2001 UK census it had a population of 1,491, increasing to 1,706 at the 2011 UK census.

When Lamberhurst civil parish was formed in the 19th century it was in both Kent and East Sussex. The line of the county border was adjusted following the Local Government Act 1894, which required that parish boundaries be aligned with counties.

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, Lamberhurst was a centre for the Wealden iron industry, originally set up during Roman times.

The village lies in the valley of the River Teise, one of the main tributaries of the River Medway. The valley of one of its tributaries, the River Bewl, was dammed and flooded between 1973 and 1975 creating the Bewl Water reservoir. The village itself has a large conservation area with a large number of 17th and 18th century buildings, and the Strict Baptist Church, established in the village since the 18th century.

To the west of the high street, The Broadway, are the ruins of Bayham Old Abbey and to the east the 14th century Scotney Castle. The moat and lake in the grounds of the latter is the result of a dam on the Sweetbourne stream.

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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