Penshurst, Kent Genealogy

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Penshurst St John the Baptist

Parish History
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Penshurst is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent Penshurst Wikipedia

Penshurst St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish which includes the village of Fordcombe and St Peter's Chapel  in the parish.See Fordcombe Wikipedia

The village and civil parish includes  Fordcombe and a second church in the parish, Fordcombe St Peter which was built in 1847, previously a chapel of ease within the parish for Fordcombe residents.

The church is situated behind Leicester Square in the village and adjacent to Penshurst Place the ancestral Home and estate of the Sidney family and Viscounts de L'Isle.  Penshurst Place was built in 1341.See Penshurst Place Wikipedia A map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you

The parish church of St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade B listed building British listed building

The church of St Peter (known locally as St Peter's chapel Fordcombe) has been designated as a grade C listed building British listed building A map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257 at British History Online

See Penshurst North West Kent Family History Society for Anglican churches and chapels and other places of worship in Penshurst area and Penshurst St John the Baptist

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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]

Original deposited registers are held at:

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

01622 694363

Fax: 01622 694379

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1813-1842 Batch (C165421)

Family History Library film numbers

Bishop's transcripts for Penshurst, 1813-1905

Bishop's transcripts for Fordcombe, 1849-1902

See also England, Kent, Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.  

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Penshurst 1841-1891

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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)

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

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved.
Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.
Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Penshurst Poor Law Union,Kent until 1836

Sevenoaks Poor Law Union, Kent Genealogy

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]

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Web sites[edit | edit source]

Contributor: Add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.