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=== Parish History  ===
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== Parish History  ==
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ROMNEY, OLD (St. Clement), a '''parish''', in the Cinque Port liberty of Romney, union of Romney Marsh, lathe of Shepway, E division of Kent, 1¾ mile W by N from New Romney. <ref>Lewis, Samuel A., [http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51243#s22 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''] (1848), pp. 690-695. Date accessed: 06 May 2013.</ref>
  
 
Old Romney is a village and civil parish in the Shepway district of Kent.
 
Old Romney is a village and civil parish in the Shepway district of Kent.
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The village and civil parish are on an island in the River Rother estuary, known in Roman Times as Vetus Rumllenum. The village church of St Clement is Norman in origin with later additions and restoration.
 
The village and civil parish are on an island in the River Rother estuary, known in Roman Times as Vetus Rumllenum. The village church of St Clement is Norman in origin with later additions and restoration.
  
The church of St Clement, Old Romney has been designated as a grade I listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-175552-church-of-st-clement-old-romney+ British listed building].
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The church of St Clement, Old Romney has been designated as a grade I listed building [http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-175552-church-of-st-clement-old-romney British listed building].
  
See Edward Hasted, ''The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent'': Volume 8 (1799), pp. 439-445. Date accessed: 30 September 2013. [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63512+ at British History Online] and [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Old+Romney+ Kent Churches website].
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See Edward Hasted, ''The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent'': Volume 8 (1799), pp. 439-445. Date accessed: 30 September 2013. [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63512 at British History Online] and [http://www.kentchurches.info/church.asp?p=Old+Romney Kent Churches website].
  
The church has been a film location for two films. The 1960s restoration of the church was funded by the Disney Corporation who preferred to film here rather than at Dymchurch for Dr Syn, Alias The Scarecrow (1962) Also known as "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh": based on the novel by Russell Thorndike. Walt Disney felt that the story of a fictional smuggling vicar of Dymchurch was better set in this location.<br>The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947) Based on the novel "Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith was also filmed here.<br>
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The church has been a film location for two films. The 1960s restoration of the church was funded by the Disney Corporation who preferred to film here rather than at Dymchurch for Dr Syn, Alias The Scarecrow (1962) Also known as "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh": based on the novel by Russell Thorndike. Walt Disney felt that the story of a fictional smuggling vicar of Dymchurch was better set in this location.<br>
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The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947) Based on the novel "Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith was also filmed here.  
  
Derek Jarman, film maker, is buried in the churchyard.[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9797660+ Find a Grave]
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Derek Jarman, film maker, is buried in the churchyard.[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9797660 Find a Grave]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Civil Registration  ====
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=== Civil Registration  ===
  
See [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/romney%20marsh.html+ Romney Marsh Registration District]<br>
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See [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/districts/romney%20marsh.html Romney Marsh 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.  
 
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<br>(Certificate Centre)<br>Grove Hill Road<br>Tunbridge Wells<br>Kent TN1 1EP <br>
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The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)<br>Grove Hill Road<br>Tunbridge Wells<br>Kent TN1 1EP  
  
 
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].  
 
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is [http://freebmd.org.uk/ FreeBMD].  
  
==== Church Records ====
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=== Church Records ===
 
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Old Romney parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:  
Old Romney parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
 
  
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To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use [http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851 Map]. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
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Original deposited registers were formerly held at: Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX
  
[http://www.kent-opc.org/index.html Kent Online Parish Clerks] has indexes available for select parishes. Records are also available at the [https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/history-and-heritage/kent-archives Kent Archives].
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From Spring 2012 material formerly held at  
  
==== Census records  ====
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Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F515255+ Census returns for Old Romney 1841-1891]  
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is available at Kent History and Library Centre see [http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx Kent Archives]
  
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.<br>[[:Category:England Family History Centres]] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>[[Introduction to Family History Centers]] to locate outside UK.<br>Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.  
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Family History Library film numbers {{FHL|England%2C+Kent%2C+Old+Romney|subject|disp=Romney, Old}}
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See also [[England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Non-Conformists (All other Religions) ====
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*'''1717''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/england-and-wales-roman-catholics-1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717] at FindMyPast ($), index and images
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=== Census Records ===
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F515255 Census returns for Old Romney 1841-1891]
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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.<br>
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8[[:Category:England Family History Centres]] to locate local Family History Centres in UK<br>
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]] to locate outside UK.<br>
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*Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.  
  
 
Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable).
 
Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable).
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The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.  
 
The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.  
  
[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/ukicen Ancestry UK Census Collection].
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/ukicen Ancestry UK Census Collection].<br>
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys Find my Past census search 1841-1901].
  
[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/search-menu/census-land-and-surveys+ Find my Past census search 1841-1901].
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=== Poor Law Unions  ===
  
==== Poor Law Unions  ====
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*[[Romney Marsh Poor Law Union, Kent]]
  
[[Romney Marsh Poor Law Union, Kent]]
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=== Probate Records ===
 
 
==== Probate records ====
 
  
 
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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.  
 
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Kent Probate Records|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.  
  
See [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
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*See [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]]  
  
 
==== Local Family History Centre  ====
 
==== Local Family History Centre  ====
  
[[Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent]]  
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*[[Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent]] <br>
 
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*[[Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent]] <br>
[[Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent]]  
 
 
 
 
:*'''[[FHC Portal]]''' This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.  
 
:*'''[[FHC Portal]]''' This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.  
 
:*Publication of the restricted access images [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]] and [[England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records]] means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view these.
 
:*Publication of the restricted access images [[England, Kent, Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records]] and [[England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records]] means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view these.
  
 
== Maps and Gazetteers  ==
 
== Maps and Gazetteers  ==
 
ROMNEY, OLD (St. Clement), a '''parish''', in the cinque-port liberty of Romney, union of RomneyMarsh, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 1¾ mile (W. by N.) from New Romney. <ref>Lewis, Samuel A., [http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51243#s22 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''] (1848), pp. 690-695. Date accessed: 06 May 2013.</ref>
 
  
 
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
 
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Revision as of 09:46, 4 May 2021

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


Old Romney, Kent
Old Romney St Clement Kent.jpg
Old Romney St Clement Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Romney Marsh
County Kent
Poor Law Union Romney Marsh
Registration District Romney Marsh
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1560
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Lympne
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

ROMNEY, OLD (St. Clement), a parish, in the Cinque Port liberty of Romney, union of Romney Marsh, lathe of Shepway, E division of Kent, 1¾ mile W by N from New Romney. [1]

Old Romney is a village and civil parish in the Shepway district of Kent.

Old Romney St Clement is an Ancient Parish and as the name suggests formed the original settlement of Romney Marsh. This was also the original port of Romney which gradually extended along the Rother toward the sea with either end called "Old" and "New" Romney. As the harbour silted up the importance of Old Romney lessened and soon only St Clement and the settlement remained by the 17th century.

The village and civil parish are on an island in the River Rother estuary, known in Roman Times as Vetus Rumllenum. The village church of St Clement is Norman in origin with later additions and restoration.

The church of St Clement, Old Romney has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building.

See Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 439-445. Date accessed: 30 September 2013. at British History Online and Kent Churches website.

The church has been a film location for two films. The 1960s restoration of the church was funded by the Disney Corporation who preferred to film here rather than at Dymchurch for Dr Syn, Alias The Scarecrow (1962) Also known as "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh": based on the novel by Russell Thorndike. Walt Disney felt that the story of a fictional smuggling vicar of Dymchurch was better set in this location.
The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947) Based on the novel "Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith was also filmed here.

Derek Jarman, film maker, is buried in the churchyard.Find a Grave

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

See Romney Marsh 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]

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

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
MIDK = Mid-Kent Marriage Index 1754-1911 - free[3]
Old Romney Online Parish Records

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1750-1911
1754-1811

MIDK 1754-1911

Original deposited registers were formerly held at: Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at

Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX

is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives

Family History Library film numbers Romney, Old See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Old Romney 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.
8Category:England Family History Centres to locate local Family History Centres in UK

  • Introduction to Family History Centers to locate outside UK.
  • Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

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. 690-695. Date accessed: 06 May 2013.
  2. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  3. 'Mid-Kent Marriage Index 1754-1911,' Woodchurch Ancestry Group, accessed 16 January 2014.