Place:Lynsted, Kent, England

Alt namesLinsteadsource: alternate spelling
Boglesource: hamlet in parish
Cellarhillsource: hamlet in parish
Cellar Hillsource: another spelling
Claxfieldsource: hamlet in parish
Erriottwoodsource: hamlet in parish
Tickhamsource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.313°N 0.7859°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoTeynham Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Faversham 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

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Lynsted is a village in what is now Lynsted with Kingsdown civil parish in the Swale borough of Kent, England. The village is situated south of the A2 road between Faversham and Sittingbourne. The nearest M2 junction is that for Faversham three miles east. Lynsted is in many respects an archetypal old English village with church, churchyard with an ancient yew, pub and a duck pond.

The parish's southern part is on the north slope of the North Downs; the hills Bluetown, Kingsdown is at 104 m above mean sea level and Erriottwood at 67 m. Its extent stretches from, in the north, the Roman road Watling Street, later named Greenstreet and now named London Road, where the hamlets south of it are Cellarhill or Cellar Hill and Claxfield (that borders Teynham across the road) to, in the south, Erriottwood. Bogle in the north-centre and Tickham in the east are the two other hamlets, within  1⁄4 mile of the centre. The land drains well with chalks of the North Downs. The population of Lynsted with Kingsdown was 1,600 in the 2001 UK census and 1,094 in the 2011 UK Census.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Lynsted. Includes a description of the parish church which has chapels to the Huggeson and Roper families who were among the wealthiest landowners from at least the 16th century.

Lynsted was originally an ancient parish in the Teynham Hundred. Between 1894 and 1935 it was part of the Faversham Rural District. In 1935 Faversham 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. It is since 1974 that Lynsted has joined forces with the neighbouring parish of Kingsdown (near Sittingbourne).

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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