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Bexleyheath Parish



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Bexleyheath

Bexleyheath is in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Dartford.  The church is named Christ Church with original parish registers commencing as of 1842.

Bexleyheath is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1866 from the mother parish of Bexley, 12 miles from London, 6 south-east from Woolwich, 3 west from Dartford and a mile and a half north from Bexley, and is situated on each side of the road from London to Dover. For civil purposes it is within the parish of Bexley and is in the Western division of the county, lathe of Sutton-at-Home, Ruxley hundred, Dartford union and county court district, East Dartford rural deanery, Maidstone archdeaconry and Canterbury diocese.

The district is lighted with gas by the West Kent Gas Company and supplied with water by the Kent Waterworks Co. Bexleyheath and Welling, forming the Christ Church Ward, return six members to the Bexley Local Board; a Rural Board has also been established here.

Christ Church is a Gothic building, erected in 1877 and consists only of chancel, nave and aisles; the south aisle contains six stained windows, presented by John Edensor exq. the church has 672 sittings of which half are free; the cost of the presednt time (1882) has exceeded £9,000.

The living is a vicarage, yearly value £350, in the gift of Earl Sydney and held by the Rev. George Graham M.A. of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. Here are Baptists, Wesleyan and Congregational chapels and a society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge, with a very good library.

Cattle markets are held on the second and last Wednesday of every month.

A hall was built in 1870, at a cost of about £2,000, for concerts, public meetings and bazaars; it is a Gothic brick building, with a handsomely decorated concert room, is capable of seating 500; it has in addition three large rooms, it is owned by a limited liability company. The Foresters have an asylum here, erected in 1872, for 16 pensioners, who are allowed 6s. per week, with free house and firing.

The principal landowners are Maitland Dashwood, esq. and A. W. Bean, esq. Danson Park is a seat built by Sir Robert Taylor, standing in grounds laid out by "Capability" Brown; and is the residence of A. W. Bean, Esq., J.P.; it has an extensive and well-wooded park, containing a large lake. The soil is gravel and sand; subsoil, gravel. The chief crops are cereals of all kinds and much fruit.

The area is 2,500 acres. The population of Bexleyheath, including the south side of Welling, in 1871 was 4,608.

There is a post, money order and telegraph office, with a savings bank and government annuity and insurance offices. It is under the Metropolitan Police Station R Division. There are National schools for boys, girls, and infants as well as Foster's Endowed School.

Welling is a village at the foot of Shooter's Hill, 2 miles north-west from Bexley. The south side is in the parish of Bexleyheath and the north in the parish of East Wickham. Here is an iron church, erected in 1869, by A. W. Bean, Esq. and holding about 230. The Baron de Goldsmid is a large landed proprietor. 1

1 E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S., ed..  Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1882, p. 43. (London, England: Kelly & Co., 51, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, W. C., 1882).


Bexleyheath Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [Note:  The following volumes can be found on archive.org:  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 Bexleyheath: vol. , pp.
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Page, William, 1861-1934, ed.. 'The Victoria history of the county of Kent'. Publisher: London: Constable (1908).  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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Census

Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
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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 http://www.1911census.co.uk 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 Bexleyheath   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      
Ledgers      
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  
 

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Bexleyheath Distance to

London 9.2 mi.
Canterbury 43.7 mi.
Ashford 39.3 mi.
Bromley 5.3 mi.
Chatham 19.6 mi.
Cranbrook 30.9 mi.
Dartford 3.9 mi.
Deptford 6.3 mi.
Dover 56.9 mi.
Faversham 35.2 mi.
Folkestone 52.5 mi.
Gravesend 11.8 mi.
Greenwich 4.5 mi.
Hythe 50.4 mi.
Maidstone 22.4 mi.
Margate 55.4 mi.
Milton Regis 28.2 mi.
Queenborough 28.0 mi.
Ramsgate 57.5 mi.
Rochester 16.7 mi.
Sandwich 55.0 mi.
Sheerness 27.9 mi.
Tenterden 36.9 mi.
Tunbridge 23.6 mi.
Woolwich 3.1 mi.


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