Chislehurst, Kent Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Guide to Chislehurst, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Chislehurst, Kent
Chislehurst St Nicholas Kent.jpg
Chislehurst St Nicholas Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Ruxley
County Kent
Poor Law Union Bromley
Registration District Bromley
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Dartford
Diocese Pre-1845 - Rochester; Post-1844 - Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester; Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

CHISLEHURST, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Bromley district, Kent. [1]

Chislehurst was a village and civil parish until 1934 and is now part of the London Borough of Bromley Chislehurst Wikipedia

Chislehurst St Nicholas is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester.

The church dates from the 15th century with 19th century enlargement and restoration with the addition of stained glass windows. The Tower and spire were restored after fire destruction in 1857 and the clock and eight bells date from this time.

The lych gate was built in 1866, and moved to its present position in 1892, when the churchyard was enlarged after two old cottages had been pulled down. Near the lych gate are the graves of Ann and Thomson Bonar, murdered by a servant at Camden Place in 1813, of William Willett, originator of Summer Time, and of Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of land and water speed records.

The first recorded burials in the register date from 1558 the oldest surviving gravestones are 19th century.

See Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 2-22 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

North West Kent Family History Society and Chislehurst St Nicholas

From the Ancient parish were formed:

Chislehurst Annunciation, High Street Kent Churches website

Christ Church Lubbock Road Kent Churches website

Sidcup St John the Evangelist Church Road

St John the Baptist: Mission church, Mill Place. Built 1886, closed 1939

The Roman Catholic Church St Mary Hawkwood Lane and Wesleyan Methodist church Methodist Church Prince Imperial Road are within Chislehurst.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Sidcup Registration District
Bromley Registration district

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Chislehurst parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[3]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[4]
Chislehurst Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1559-1912

FS PRs 1558-1890 1558-1881; 1754-1812 (banns) 1558-1881
IGI 1754-1881

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Deposited Parish registers are held at Bromley Archives reference P 92

Bromley Central Library
Telephone: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8466 7860

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Chislehurst 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable).

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent is within the London Borough of Bromley, located adjacent to Orpington Station and on major bus routes through the borough.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chislehurst on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 27 October 2014.
  3. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  4. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 13 November 2013.