Place:Milton Regis, Kent, England

NameMilton Regis
Alt namesMildetonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148
Milton-next-Sittingbournesource: Family History Library Catalog
Milton In Miltonsource: name variant (1881 Census)
Mildentonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 148
Middleton Regissource: name variant
Milton-Next-Sittingbournesource: name variant
Milton next Sittingbournesource: name variant
Milton-Near-Sittingbournesource: name variant
Milton-near-Sittingbournesource: name variant
Milton near Sittingbournesource: name variant
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.35°N 0.717°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoMilton Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Sittingbourne and Milton, Kent, Englandurban district into which Milton Regis was absorbed in 1930
Swale District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality into which the area was transferred in 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: The village of Milton Regis should not be confused with Milton (Canterbury), part of the city of Canterbury to the northeast, or with Milton next Gravesend to the west. Check your sources when selecting the place you want.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Milton Regis is a village, since 1974, in the District of Swale in Kent, England. Former names include Milton-next-Sittingbourne, Milton-near-Sittingbourne, Milton Royal, Middleton, Midletun and Middletune. It has a population of about 5,000. Today it is a suburb of Sittingbourne although this has not always been the case. Milton Regis has the older and richer history. Until around 1800 Sittingbourne was a smaller hamlet and under the control of the Manor of Milton Regis.

The ancient settlement was near the church; the current Milton Regis dates back only to 1052. There are many fine timber-framed houses and buildings remaining including a Medieval Court Hall (a seat of "justice and administration") that dates back to 1450. The town and Manor of Middleton Regis as it was then called was recorded as the largest and most powerful manor in the Lathe of Scray (in the centre of Kent).

Milton Regis was an urban district from 1894 until 1930 (originally under the name Milton next Sittingbourne) and a part of the Sittingbourne and Milton urban district from 1930 until 1974. Originally it was the principal settlement of the Milton Hundred.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Milton Regis.

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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