Old Romney, Kent Genealogy

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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 England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Romney Marsh
County Kent, England Genealogy
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 History and Library Centre

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


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1750-1911

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 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Old Romney 1841-1891

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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]

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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.