Place:Stonar, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.288°N 1.346°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoRingslow Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Isle of Thanet Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
Sandwich, Kent, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was absorbed in 1935
Thanet 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 Stonar from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"STONAR, a quondam town and a parish in Thanet district, Kent. The town stood on the river Stonar, 1 mile NNE of Sandwich; is supposed to have been the Lapis Titnli of the Romans; was the place of Louis the Dauphin's debarkation in 1216, and of Edward III.'s embarkation in 1359; was destroyed by the French in 1385; figured as a member of Sandwich in 1773; and is now represented by only a farm house. The parish comprises 670 acres. Post town, Sandwich. Real property: £1,546. Population: 42. Houses: 8. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: not reported. Patron: the Crown, by lapse. There is no church."

A suggested meaning of quondam is "sometime" (Source: Wiktionary).

Stonar was recognized as a civil parish in the Isle of Thanet Rural District between 1894 and 1935. In 1935 it was one of the parishes dissolved to create the civil parish of Sandwich. Since 1974 the area is covered by the non-metropolitan Thanet District. Originally it was an ancient parish in Ringslow Hundred.

Co-ordinates for Great Stonar from Google Earth were those of Richborough Power Station (electrical).

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.