St Mary Cray, Kent Genealogy

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St Mary Cray St Mary

Parish History[edit | edit source]

St Mary Cray is a district in the London Borough of Bromley, formerly a village and civil parish known as South Cray and has a local tradition of Romany and traveller families. St Mary Cray Wikipedia

St Mary the Virgin St Mary Cray was originally formed as a chapelry of Orpington, Kent Genealogy in the Diocese of Rochester; a map of the parish boundary is available at 

The church of St Mary the Virgin High Street St Mary Cray has been designated asa grade B listed building British listed building

Crockenhill All Souls was built 1851-1852 as a chapel of ease and later parish in Eynsford, Kent Genealogy and this parish; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you See also Kent Churches website.

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 112-125 Mary cray+ at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See St Mary Cray North West Kent Family History Society and St Mary the Virgin St Mary Cray

Other places of worship include

St Joseph Roman Catholic High Street St Joseph St Mary Cray

Baptist: (1869-pre.1928).
Baptist: Zion. (1887-pre.1928)

Congregational: The Temple, High St. (1851).

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]

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1579-1874 Batch (C147591) Marriages 1580-1837 Batch (M147591)

Deposited Parish registers are held at Bromley Archives reference P 277B

Bromley Central Library
Telephone: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8466 7860

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Cray, St Mary

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for St Mary Cray 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]

Bromley 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]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent is within the London Borough of Bromley, located adjacent to Orpington Station and on major bus routes through the borough.

Web sites[edit | edit source]

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