Place:Seasalter, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.346°N 0.998°E
Located inKent, England     ( - 1894)
See alsoWhitstable Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Blean Rural, Kent, Englandrural district in which part was located 1894-1934
Whitstable, Kent, Englandurban district in which part was located 1894-1974
Canterbury District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"SEASALTER, a parish in Blean district, Kent; on the coast, and on the N line of the Southeastern railway, westward from Whitstable. It contains part of Whitstable; was a borough at Domesday, called Le-saltre, and possessing eight fisheries; has now no village; and is a liberty. Post-town: Whitstable, under Canterbury. Acres: 3,171; of which 1,720 are water. Real property: £5,426. Population in 1851: 1,240; in 1861: 1,378. Houses: 269. The property is much subdivided. Oyster fishing is carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £160. Patrons: the Dean and Chapter of the old church is now used only for burials. The new church stands in Whitstable, and was built in 1845. There are an endowed school with £24 a year, and other charities £53."

In 1894 the parish of Seasalter was divided into two sections with part being absorbed into Whitstable (and named Whitstable Urban parish) and the other becoming a civil parish named Whitstable cum Seasalter. Whitstable cum Seasalter became part of Blean Rural District. Since 1934 the whole of Seasalter has been part of Whitstable and since 1974 part of the City of Canterbury District. Originally it was an ancient parish in the Whitstable Hundred. The village of Seasalter still exists.

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.