Horsmonden, Kent Genealogy

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

Horsmonden, Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Brenchley and Horsemonden
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Tunbridge
Registration District Tunbridge
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1716
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Malling
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 History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

HORSMONDEN (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Tonbridge, hundred of Brenchley and Horsmonden, lathe of Aylesford, W division of Kent, 2¾ miles NE by N from Lamberhurst.[1]

Horsmonden is a village and civil parish in the Tunbridge Wells district of Kent. The early 14th century church of St Margaret in Brick Kiln Land is distant from the main settlement of the village Horsmonden Wikipedia

The parish of St Margaret Horsmonden is an Ancient Parish which included the hamlets of Rams Hill, Sherenden and Caple Cross.

The Parish church of St Margaret has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Kent Archaeological Society and Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 280 at British History Online and The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 311-322 Horsmonden Parish

There is an 1848 Gazetteer entry: Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 553-557. here and Kent Online Parish Clerks (See link below) have other gazetteer entries.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Tonbridge 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]

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

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[4]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[5]
Horsmonden Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1558-1732, 1850-1875

FS BTs 1716-1904 1716-1904 1716-1904
FS PRs 1558-1876 1558-1812; 1754-1876 (banns) 1558-1839
IGI 1733-1875 1558-1876

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library describes the microfilm from which images are derived:
"Brenchley in items 6-8, Horsemonden and Pembury in item 7, and Yalding in item 8. These four localities are included in the borough of Badmonden".

Edward Hasted refers to Badmonden as manorial land The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 311-322 at British History Online

Microfilmed at Kent Archives reference: Q/RPL/48-50.

Images for Borough of Yalding are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records 1780-1831
The borough of Yalding comprised Yalding, Kent Genealogy, Horsmonden Brenchley, Kent Genealogy and Hunton, Kent Genealogy within the Land Tax bundle at the Centre for Kentish Studies Maidstone

The Family History Library describes the 1987 microfilming from which images are derived:

"Yalding, Horsmonden, Brenchley and Hunton are all common to the tax district with the borough of Yalding".

Kent Archives reference: Q/RPL/436.

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Horsmonden 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 Family History Center 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.

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. 553-557. Date accessed: 15 August 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  4. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  5. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 18 November 2013.