Penshurst, Kent Genealogy
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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
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
Fax: 01622 694379
International Genealogical Index Christenings 1813-1842 Batch (C165421)
Family History Library film numbers
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.
Land Tax[edit | edit source]
Images for the Borough of Hall and Penshurst are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records 1780-1832
The image series described as "the borough of Hall" and later as Hall borough in the hundred of Wachlingstone" Land tax assessments for the parish of Penshurst and Hall borough, 1780-1832
Images for Penshurst 1780-1832 are in a separate series of images for " the town and uplands in the Parish of Penshurst".
Edward Hasted describes " There is a district in this parish, called Hallborough, which is within the lowy of Tunbridge....and there is another part of it, comprehending the estate of Chafford, which is within the jurisdiction of the duchy court of Lancaster
The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 227-257. at British History Online
Census records[edit | edit source]
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.
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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.
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
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]
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