Place:Woodnesborough, Kent, England

Alt namesGollesbergesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
Wanesbergesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 150
Winsboroughsource: Family History Library Catalog
Coombesource: hamlet in parish
East Streetsource: hamlet in parish
Hammillsource: hamlet in parish
Hamehillsource: earlier name for Hammill
Marshboroughsource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.267°N 1.317°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoEastry Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Eastry Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Sandwich, Kent, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was part absorbed in 1935
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Woodnesborough is a village in the eastern part of Kent two miles west of Sandwich. From 1894 until 1974 it was a civil parish in the Eastry Rural District. In 1935 its acreage was reduced considerably to expand Sandwich Municipal Borough. The remainder continued in Eastry Rural District and since 1974 has been part of the Dover District.

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

"WOODNESBOROUGH, or Winsborough, a village and a parish in Eastry [registration] district, Kent. The village stands 1½ mile SW of Sandwich [railway] station, is believed to occupy the site of a Roman settlement, and has a post-office under Sandwich. The parish includes several villages, and comprises 2,944 acres. Real property: £8,801. Population: 889. Houses: 189. The property is much sub-divided. Roman remains have been found near Statenborough; and many Saxon antiquities, on [Woodnesborough] Hill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £450. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is good. Charities, £30."

After 1894 Statenborough appears to be in the parish of Eastry. Woodnesborough parish contains the settlements of Coombe, East Street, Hammill, and Marshborough.

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.