Place:Wootton, Kent, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.175°N 1.18°E
Located inKent, England
See alsoKinghamford Hundred, Kent, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Dover Rural, Kent, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1963
Denton with Wootton, Kent, Englandcivil parish into which it merged in 1963
Dover District, Kent, Englanddistrict municipality which has covered the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Wootton is a village near Dover in Kent, England. It was the birthplace of the mathematician and surveyor Leonard Digges who some claim invented a functioning telescope sometime between 1540 and 1559.

Wootton was a civil parish in Dover Rural District from 1894 until 1963 when it merged with Denton to become Denton with Wootton. Since 1974 the area has been part of the non-metropolitan Dover District. Wootton was enlarged in 1934 when it absorbed parts of Swingfield, Lydden and Barham parishes.

Originally Wootton was an ancient parish in the Kinghamford Hundred.

A nineteenth century description

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

"WOOTTON, a parish in Dover district, Kent; 2½ miles WSW of Shepherds-Well [railway] station, and 7 NW of Dover. It has a post-office under Canterbury. Acres: 1,019. Real property: £1,370. Population: 163. Houses: 29. The manor, with [Wootton] Court, belongs to J. Brydges, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value: £260. Patron: J. Brydges, Esq. The church is early English."

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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