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Chelsfield parish church
St Martin of Tours Church,
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Chelsfield Parish

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1903 Ordnance survey map of Chelsfield with link to modern ordnance survey map
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Mr. Phil Warn

Email him at:
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Phil is open to receive queries for lookups in any relevant records held at Bromley Local Studies Library, the Record Office for all Bromley parishes.

If you have any data you wish to contribute, please contact Phil.

Statistical Summary

Acres:  3,280
OS co-ordinates:  TQ 4797 6399
Latitude:  51:21.3432N
Longitude:  0:7.4217E

Parish Church:  St. Martin of Tours
Registers commence:  1558
Other Denominations:
  since 1290 market every Monday
Fairs:  one fair on the feast of St. James the apostle lasting 3 days
Electoral Place:   
  County court district of Bromley
  Central Criminal Court
  Metropolitan Police 3
Bordering parishes:
  Orpington, St. Mary Cray, Crockenhill, Lullingstone, Halsted, Cudham, Downe, Keston

  post office, railway station, national school

Registration District:  Bromley
Poor Law Union:
  Bromley as of 19 May 1836
Workhouse:  1844 - 31 Mar 1930 at Locksbottom, Farnborough

  Rochester to 1859
  Canterbury 1860 to 1904/5
  Rochester after 1904

  Maidstone 1860 to 1904/5
  Dartford 1860 to 1904/5
Probate pre-1859:
   up to 31 Dec 1844 - Bishop of Rochester's Episcopal Consistory Court and Archdeaconry Court of Rochester;
  1 Jan 1845 - 31 Dec 1857 Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth;
  1 Jan 1858 to date Principal Probate Registry

Lathe:  Sutton at Hone
  anciently Helmestrei, later Ruxley
Houses as of 1860:  1481

Domesday Reference:
   as Cillesfelle. 28 households (quite large). Total tax assessed on 2 unchanged units (quite small). Taxable value 2 unchanged units. Taxed on 2.0. Value to lord in 1066 £16; c. 1070 £12; in 1086 £25. 20 villagers. 4 smallholders. 4 slaves. 2 lord's plough teams. 8 men's plough teams. Other resources: Meadow 10 acres. Woodland 10 swine render. 1 mill, value 0.5.
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Ordnance Survey Chelsfield 1856. Click map for larger image.

Principal Domesday landholders:
  Lord in 1066: Toki.

  Overlord in 1066: King Edward

  Lord in 1086: Arnulf of Hesdin

  Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Bishop Odo of Bayeux


Chelsfield is a parish, with a village, 6-1/2 miles southeast of Bromley.  Real property, £4,710.  Population in 1861, 784.  The property is divided among a few.

The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Farnborough, in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £876 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, All Souls College, Oxford.  The church is early English.  There are charities of £23. 1

As of 1831 there was a chapel of ease for this parish built at Farnborough. 2

All Souls Church at Pratt's Bottom was built in 1890 as a mission church to St. Martin of Tours, Chelsfield.

Well Hill Mission Church was built in 1890 as one of a number of mission churches for hop pickers in the Darenth Valley. Now a daughter church of St. Martin of Tours Church, Chelsfield.

Grinstead Green or Greenstreet Green is a hamlet partly in this parish and partly in Chelsfield, distant 1 mile south-by-east from Farnborough. Here is a national school, supported by voluntary subscription. 3

Skidhill is 1-1/2 miles north-east; Parkgate 2 miles north-east; Green Street Green 1-1/2 miles west; Pax, a quarter of a mile south; World's End three quarters of a mile south-west; Well Hill, Bopeep and Hewitt, a quarter of a mile south-est; Spratt's or Pratt's Bottom, 1 mile south-west; Cockerice, 1-1/2 miles south-east. Goddington is a farm. 3

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

2  Samuel Lewis, comp.  A topographical dictionary of England..., in four volumes, Vol. 1. (London, England: S. Lewis and Co., 87, Aldersgate-Street, 1831).

3Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, 1855, in two parts, Part 1: Counties & Localities, pp. 304, 343. (London, England: Kelly and Co., 19, 20, 21 Old Boswell Court, Temple Bar, 1855).

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

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



Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
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

Record Type Dates Archive 1
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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
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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
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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Chelsfield   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

Record Type Dates Archive 1
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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
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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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    Currently under revision  


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Church Registers


Parish Chest

  • 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


Total Population

1801   -   605
1811   -   713
1821   -   756
1831   -   796
1841   -   861
1851   -   878
1861   -   784
1871   -   903
1881   -   947
1891   -   1,122
1901   -   1,522
1911   -   1,790
1921   -   2,108

Chelsfield Distance to

London 13.2 mi.
Canterbury 42.5 mi.
Ashford 36.2 mi.
Bromley 4.9 mi.
Chatham 18.6 mi.
Cranbrook 25.9 mi.
Dartford 6.7 mi.
Deptford 10.2 mi.
Dover 54.7 mi.
Faversham 34.2 mi.
Folkestone 49.7 mi.
Gravesend 13.3 mi.
Greenwich 9.2 mi.
Hythe 47.3 mi.
Maidstone 19.5 mi.
Margate 55.4 mi.
Milton Regis 27.3 mi.
Queenborough 28.4 mi.
Ramsgate 57.1 mi.
Rochester 16.3 mi.
Sandwich 54.2 mi.
Sheerness 28.8 mi.
Tenterden 32.4 mi.
Tunbridge 17.2 mi.
Woolwich 9.5 mi.


Municipal & Public Records

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  • 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
  • PPR 1858-1925
  • Depositions

Court Records

  • Quarter Sessions
  • Transportations
  • Protestation Rolls c1641-1643
  • Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy 1662
  • Oaths of Allegiance c1720s

Military Records

Land Records
& Maps

Tax Lists

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

Other Records

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  • Immigration
  • School Records
  • Notable Events
  • Nefarious Activities

Village Resources