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Brompton Parish



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Brompton

Brompton is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Rochester, in the archdeaconry of archdeaconry of Rochester and rural deanery of Rochester.  The parish church is named Holy Trinity with registers commencing in 1848.  The garrison church is named St. Barbara with registers commencing in 1854.

Brompton, a town and two chapelries in Chatham and Gillingham parishes, Kent. The town consists of two parts, New and Old; the former, adjacent to the London and Dover railway; the latter on the brow of a hill, overlooking the Medway, 1 mile northeast of Chatham, with a post-office with money order office and savings bank, under Chatham. Brompton is in the parliamentary borough of Chatham, union of Medway, hundred of Chatham and Gillingham, lathe of Aylesford, and in the Western division of Kent.

A grand naval hospital, barracks for the Royal marines light infantry (1778) 2, barracks and hospital for the infantry of the line, and barracks, with stables, for the Royal Engineers from 1812 onwards are here, all within the extensive fortifications which defend the dockyard and gun-wharf of Chatham. The barracks include a museum, containing models and relics. A large military gymnasium was erected in 1863, at a cost of upwards of £6,000.

The new convict prison is here; and, at the census of 1861, had 1,269 inmates.  The barracks of the Royal Engineers today includes the Royal Engineers Museum.

A fair is held on 22 May.

The chapelries are Old Brompton and New Brompton. Population of Old Brompton in 1861 8,119 and of New Brompton, 4,400.

The livings are vicarages in the diocese of Rochester. Value of Old Brompton, £150 with habitable glebe house and value of New Brompton, £166.

Old Brompton church is a neat edifice in the pointed style, with a spire and is named Holy Trinity.  New Brompton church was built in 1866, at a cost of £5,800; and is in the early decorated style.

The garrison church Brompton St. Barbara, built in 1854, was undedicated until 2002. Prior to 2002 it was simply known as the Garrison Church. St. Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen and engineers. The church is located in Maxwell Road, Gillingham. It is the Corps Church of the Royal Engineers (RE) but serves other service units in the nearby Army Barracks and the Royal School of Military Engineering. Contained within the church is the Naval Memorial Chapel. The entries in the naval rolls of honour kept in the chapel relate to the inscriptions on the Royal Navy Chatham Division memorial on the Great Lines in Gillingham. Printed copies of the rolls of honour are available in the local studies collections at the Medway Record Office. Contact local.studies@medway.gov.uk for further information.

There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics. 1

For further more detailed information about Brompton please go to the Medway file and Brompton History.

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

2 Peter Barfoot, John Wilkes, comp.  The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce..., vol. 2.  (London, England: The British Directory Office, Ave Maria-Lane, 1791).


Brompton 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 Brompton: vol. , pp.
  • Currently in revision

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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.

Census | Church of England | Non-Conformist | Parish chest | Workhouse and Poor Law | Land | Assizes and Sessions | School

 

Census

Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
Surrey,
TW9 4DU
LDS Family History Centre
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and indexed online at:
New FamilySearch.org
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 RG 13/785 - also online at http://www.1901censusonline.com  
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

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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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

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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Particular Baptist Chapel, Nonconformist Return   Currently under revision  
Methodist Church Registers   Currently under revision  
 

Parish chest records

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Brompton   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

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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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 1899-1930 Currently under revision  
 

Land Records

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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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
(poor laws, jail terms, oaths, and other municipal and public records)

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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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

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
Corresponding LDS Family History Library film numbers
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    Currently under revision  
       

Chronology

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Church Registers


Census


Parish Chest
Records

  • Settlement Certificates
  • Removal Orders
  • Bastardy Examinations
  • Parish-assisted Immigrants
  • Churchwarden's Accounts
  • Overseer's Accounts
  • Surveyor's Accounts
  • Workhouse Records
  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories

Directories


Total Population

1801   -   
1811   -   
1821   -   
1831   -   
1841   -   
1851   -   9,000
1861   -   12,519
1871   -   
1881   -   
1891   -   
1901   -   
1911   -   
1921   -   


Brompton Distance to

London 29.1 mi.
Canterbury 23.8 mi.
Ashford 21.1 mi.
Bromley 27.0 mi.
Chatham 1.4 mi.
Cranbrook 19.3 mi.
Dartford 16.0 mi.
Deptford 26.2 mi.
Dover 37.2 mi.
Faversham 15.4 mi.
Folkestone 33.4 mi.
Gravesend 8.6 mi.
Greenwich 24.4 mi.
Hythe 31.7 mi.
Maidstone 7.5 mi.
Margate 36.1 mi.
Milton Regis 8.3 mi.
Queenborough 9.2 mi.
Ramsgate 37.9 mi.
Rochester 3.2 mi.
Sandwich 35.2 mi.
Sheerness 10.0 mi.
Tenterden 22.2 mi.
Tunbridge 21.0 mi.
Woolwich 22.4 mi.


Directories


Municipal & Public Records

  • Mayors
  • Town Clerks
  • Recorders
  • Chamberlains
  • M.P.s
  • Jurats, Aldermen and Common Councilmen
  • Electoral Register
  • Freeholders
  • Freemen Index
  • Freeman's Roll
  • Masters Index
  • Pubs, Taverns, Inns, Alehouses
  • Victuallers

Wills & Estate Records

  • AD index 1448-1857
  • CC index 1448-1857
  • PCC 1338-1858
  • PPR 1858-1925
  • Depositions

Court Records

  • Gaol Returns
  • Quarter Sessions
  • Transportations
  • Summons for Pavement Repairs
  • Tithe Apportionment c1830s
  • Protestation Rolls c1641-1643
  • Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy 1662
  • Oaths of Allegiance c1720s

Military Records


Land Records
& Maps

  • Parish Map
  • Deeds, Mortgages, etc.
  • Rated Property Returns
  • Returns of owners of land, 1873
  • Manor Court Baron
  • Manor Tenancy Rolls
  • Manors, Castles & Holdings of Significance

Tax Lists

  • Poll Tax
  • Hearth Tax
  • Window Tax
  • Hair Powder Tax
  • Land Tax Assessments 1780-1831
  • Land Tax Assessments 1799-1805

Other Records

  • Apprenticeships
  • Immigration
  • School Records
  • Notable Events
  • Nefarious Activities

Village Resources