Speldhurst, Kent Genealogy

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Speldhurst St Mary

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Speldhurst is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent Speldhurst Wikipedia

Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin was an Ancient Parish and included part of Tunbridge Wells town, also Groombridge chapel, Rusthall and Langton Green; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you

The church of St Mary the Virgin has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

See Speldhurst North West Kent Family History Society for other places of worship and Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin

See also Groombridge St John the Evangelist See Kent Archeology Society and Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 275-300 at British History Online

The chapel of St John the Evangelist can be located at A church near you

The chapel of St John the Evangelist Groombridge Hill has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

Rusthall St Paul is a parish formed from this parish and a map of the parish boundary (Including the location of the Rusthall St Paul Church Centre is available at A church near you

Langton Green All Saints Groombridge Hill also developed from this parish; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you See Kent Churches website

The church of All Saints Langton Green has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

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 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 which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1862-1889 Batch (C165173)

Family History Library film numbers

See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (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 Speldhurst 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]

Tonbridge Poor Law Union, Kent

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.