Harbledown, Kent Genealogy

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

Harbledown, Kent
Harbledown St Michael & All Angels Kent.jpg
Harbledown St Michael & All Angels Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Westgate
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Bridge
Registration District Bridge
Records begin
Parish registers: 1557
Bishop's Transcripts: 1560
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Canterbury
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

HARBLEDOWN (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Bridge, hundred of Westgate, lathe of St. Augustine, E division of Kent, 1 mile WSW from Canterbury.[1]

Harbledown is a village which is now contiguous with the city of Canterbury but anciently was a village close to the city. The civil parish of Harbledown and Rough Common is in the City of Canterbury district of Kent. See Harbledown Wikipedia which describes the parish church of St Michael and All Angels and the Ancient hospital of St Nicholas (now in use as alms houses).

Harbledown St Michael and All Angels is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Canterbury. The west is the extensive extra parochial area of Dunkirk, Kent Genealogy and the neighbouring parish registers such as Harbledown are significant for those living in the extra parochial area.

The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Church Hill Harbledown has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building See Kent Churches website.

The Old Leper Church of St Nicholas Harbledown has been designated as a grade I listed building British Listed Building and is part of the 1840 rebuilding of the Hospital buildings as alms houses. Founded in 1080 by Archbishop Lanframe the hospital served two purposes, as a hospital church for lepers and as a final stopping place for pilgrims travelling to the City of Canterbury. See Kent Churches website.

See also Kent Archaeological Society and Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9 (1800), pp. 7-21. at British History Online.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Bridge Registration District

Kent County Council (KCC) has a certificate centre at the Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells which holds all the completed registers for Kent since 1 July 1837 and can supply a certified copy of any Kent birth, death or marriage entry from any register within its custody or a Kent civil partnership registration from the government online database.

The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)
Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1EP

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]

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

FSBOOK = FamilySearch Books - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
Harbledown Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FSBOOK 1557-1800 FamilySearch Digital Library
1557-1800 FamilySearch Digital Library
1557-1800 FamilySearch Digital Library
IGI 1557-1800 1561-1800

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

  • See also images for Land tax assessments for the borough of Tunford, including the parishes of Thannington, Harbledown, and Chartham, 1780-1832.

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

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

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.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 404-407. Date accessed: 12 August 2013.
  2. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  3. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.