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Allington is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of North Malling.  The church is named for St. Laurence with original parish registers commencing 1630. 1

Allington, a parish in Malling district, Kent;  on the river Medway and the Maidstone railway, 1-1/2 miles north-north-west of Maidstone.  Post town, Maidstone.  Acres, 612.  Real property in 1860, £1,495.  Population in 1861, 66.  Houses, 10. 1

The manor was granted, at the Conquest, to William de Warrene;  passed to the family of Allington, to Sir Stephen de Penchester, to the Cobhams, the Brents, and the Wyatts;  was the birthplace of Sir Thomas Wyatt, the poet, and of his son Sir Thomas, who headed the insurrection against Queen Mary;  was given, at the confiscation of manors, to Sir John Astley;  and passed, in 1720, to the Earl of Romney.  A castle was built on it by Warrene, rebuilt by Penchester, extended by the Wyatts and abandoned to ruin by Astley.  Considerable part of the structure still stands, and presents interesting features.  The exterior is a long parallelogram, with projecting circular towers;  and the interior is divided by a range of low building, with archway, into two distinct courts.  A wide moat, fed from the Medway, nearly encircles the pile;  and a farm house, of picturesque character, built out of fallen parts of the castle, stands adjacent.  Gentle hills, mostly covered with wood, rise in the vicinity;  and irregular mounds, which probably were ornamental features in the once-noble park, lie between the castle and the river.  Wyatt, the poet, describing his life here, says, -

"This maketh me at home to hunt and hawk;
And in foul weather at my book to sit;
In frost and snow then with my bow to stalk;
No man doth mark whereto I ride or go,
In lusty leas at liberty I walk;
And of these news, I feel nor weal nor woe."

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £145 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Earl of Romney.  The church is decorated English, in very good condition. 1

St. Laurence's church was largely rebuilt during the nineteenth century on the site of the original venerable edifice.  It is situated along the main approach road to Allington Castle but, as a place of worship, was closed in 1969 and subsequently converted into a desirable residence.  For much of its history, St. Laurence operated as a chapelry rather than as a parish church and owing to this and its then remote location, St, Laurence's church must have witnessed many notable visitors and had its fair share of scandals.  Notably, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the church was used as a venue for many clandestine marriages, which were conducted without the reading of banns or the requirement of residency or licence.

During 1938 a new church was built at the centre of the burgeoning suburbs surrounding Allington and dedicated to St. Nicholas.  Some of the furnishings of the church of St. Laurence were moved to St. Nicholas and are in use, today.  To learn more about Allington, today, and the new church, visit the St. Nicholas church web site.

1 John Marius Wilson, comp.  The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales. (London, England: A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

Allington Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [Note:  The following volumes can be found on  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (1876), 11, 12, 13 (1880), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 32, 34, 35, vol. 1907 supplement.]

  • General references to Allington: vol. , pp.
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Great Britain, Public Record Office. 'Calendar of the patent rolls preserved in the Public Record Office--Edward II, Vol. 1. 1307-1313'Each volume has own index. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Great Britain, Public Record Office. 'Inquisitions and assessments relating to feudal aids : with other analogous documents preserved in the Public Record Office, A. D. 1284-1431', Vol. 3. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Great Britain, Exchequer. 'The book of fees commonly called testa de nevill, pt. 3'. The Book of fees contains information about the holdings of feudal tenants. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Hall, Hubert, 1857-1944. 'The Red book of the Exchequer - Liber rubeus de Scaccario, Vol. 3'. The Red book of the Exchequer was a register intended to preserve important documents comprising charters, statutes of the realm, public acts (Placita), private deeds and ordinances, correspondence. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Glencross, Reginald Morshead. 'Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol. 1. 1559-1571'. Publisher: Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a Historical Books on FamilySearch;

Hasted, Edward. 'The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent; Containing the antient and present state of it, civil and ecclesiastical; collected from public records, and other authorities: illustrated with maps, views, antiquities, etc. The second edition, improved, corrected, and continued to the present time'. 12 volumes. Publisher: Canterbury: Printed by W. Bristow, 1797-1801. URL: British History Online

Hussey, Arthur. 'Notes on the churches in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, mentioned in Domesday book, and those of more recent date'. Publisher: London J.R. Smith,(1852).

Letters, Dr. Samantha. 'Kent', Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516 (2005).  URL: British History Online.

Page, William, 1861-1934, ed.. 'The Victoria history of the county of Kent'. Publisher: London: Constable (1908).  URL: British History Online

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward I, File 39', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 2: Edward I. Published:(1906), pp. 315-323.  URL: British History Online.

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry III, File 45', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 1: Henry III. Published:(1904), pp. 296-302.  URL: British History Online.

Location of Records

The following list of records is not intended to be exhaustive.  There are many records that are awaiting discovery in archive offices throughout Kent and England.  This list is intended only to set out those records that are available via at least two relatively easy-to-access avenues.  If you have used or discover a record that would be of benefit to other researchers, that is not on this list, please send me an email with the details of the archive - name, address and archival call number.

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Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
also available at:
Bromley Local Studies & Archives, Central Library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX, tel. 020 8461 7170, Email:
LDS Family History Centre
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and indexed online at:
6 June 1841 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 Currently under revision  
30 Mar 1851 census name index & images Currently under revision  
7 Apr 1861 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1871 Currently under revision  
3 Apr 1881 Currently under revision  
5 Apr 1891 Currently under revision  
31 Mar 1901 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 RG 78/139 - Census Enumerator's Summary Books online only and other subscription sites none

Church Records, Church of England

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Parish Register   Currently under revision  
Bishop's transcripts   Currently under revision  
CMB transcripts   Currently under revision  
Parish Registers, transcribed by Thomas Colyer-Fergusson   Currently under revision  

Church Records, Non-Conformist

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Particular Baptist Chapel, Nonconformist Return   Currently under revision  
Methodist Church Registers   Currently under revision  

Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Allington   Currently under revision  
Settlement Examinations, Minute book   Currently under revision  
Overseers' Accounts   Currently under revision  
Return of Churchwardens, constables and defaulters     
Tithe Apportionment Files      
Poor Rate books   Currently under revision  

Workhouse and Poor Law Records

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Admission & Discharge books   This section currently under revision  
Guardians' Minutes      
Births   Currently under revision  
Deaths   Currently under revision  
Religious creed registers   Currently under revision  
Apprentice Register      
Registers of lunatics      
Letters books      
Vaccination registers, Bromley area 1899-1930 Currently under revision  

Land Records

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Land tax assessments 1780-1831 Currently under revision  
Land tax assessments 1875-1876 Currently under revision  
Land tax assessments 1889-1890 Currently under revision  
Rates and Duties - Houses, Windows, Lights   Currently under revision  
Manorial Court rolls   Currently under revision  
War Damage Files 1939-1962 Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, Kent, no.: Finding Aid at CKS-DRb/RW 123 None

Assizes and Sessions Records
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Hearth tax   Currently under revision  
Victuallers Recognizances   Currently under revision  
Churchwarden's Presentments   Currently under revision  
Parish rate books   Currently under revision  

School Records

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Total Population

1801   -   44
1811   -   55
1821   -   45
1831   -   37
1841   -   49
1851   -   51
1861   -   66
1871   -   93
1881   -   147
1891   -   157
1901   -   141
1911   -   117
1921   -   97

Allington Distance to

London 29.7 mi.
Canterbury 24.8 mi.
Ashford 18.6 mi.
Bromley 22.4 mi.
Chatham 5.1 mi.
Cranbrook 13.2 mi.
Dartford 16.9 mi.
Deptford 26.7 mi.
Dover 36.8 mi.
Faversham 17.0 mi.
Folkestone 32.0 mi.
Gravesend 11.9 mi.
Greenwich 25.0 mi.
Hythe 29.7 mi.
Maidstone 1.8 mi.
Margate 38.7 mi.
Milton Regis 10.8 mi.
Queenborough 14.1 mi.
Ramsgate 40.0 mi.
Rochester 6.9 mi.
Sandwich 36.6 mi.
Sheerness 15.4 mi.
Tenterden 17.3 mi.
Tunbridge 15.0 mi.
Woolwich 23.6 mi.


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