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St. Botolph Chevening Parish Church

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Chevening is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Shoreham.  The church is named for St. Botolph with registers commencing 1561.

Chevening, a parish in Sevenoaks district, Kent;  on the river Durent, 3-1/2 miles northwest of Sevenoaks rail station.  Post town, Sevenoaks.  Acres, 3,773.  Real property in 1860, £6,416.  Population in 1861, 932.  Houses, 215.  The property is divided among a few.

There are two manors.  The one belonged to the see of Canterbury till the Reformation;  and then passed to the Crown.  The other belonged early to the family of DeChevening;  passed to the Lennards, afterwards Lords Dacre;  was purchased, in 1717, by General Stanhope, created Earl Stanhope;  and is now held by his descendant.  The mansion here was built in 1630, by Lord Dacre, after designs by Inigo Jones;  but has been greatly altered, both externally and internally;  and it contains some interesting portraits.  The grounds are crossed by the ancient British way, called the Pilgrim's road;  include a fine lake and maze, and a mass of Roman monumental stones and altars, brought from abroad by the first Lord Stanhope;  and command, from their highest point, a brilliant view.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £766 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church has some early English masonry, but is chiefly perpendicular;  and it contains altar tombs of the Dacres, and monuments of the Stanhopes.

There are three dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities £59. 1

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

Chevening 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 Chevening: vol. , pp.
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Location of Records

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Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
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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 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  
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Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Chevening   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  

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Letters books      
Vaccination registers, Bromley area 1899-1930 Currently under revision  

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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

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Total Population

1801   -   756
1811   -   748
1821   -   812
1831   -   901
1841   -   1,003
1851   -   983
1861   -   932
1871   -   954
1881   -   1,086
1891   -   1,050
1901   -   1,074
1911   -   1,039
1921   -   1,031

Chevening Distance to

London 17.4 mi.
Canterbury 41.0 mi.
Ashford 33.6 mi.
Bromley 9.0 mi.
Chatham 18.1 mi.
Cranbrook 22.2 mi.
Dartford 10.2 mi.
Deptford 14.5 mi.
Dover 52.5 mi.
Faversham 33.0 mi.
Folkestone 47.2 mi.
Gravesend 14.9 mi.
Greenwich 13.6 mi.
Hythe 44.6 mi.
Maidstone 17.4 mi.
Margate 54.6 mi.
Milton Regis 26.4 mi.
Queenborough 28.3 mi.
Ramsgate 56.1 mi.
Rochester 16.4 mi.
Sandwich 52.8 mi.
Sheerness 28.9 mi.
Tenterden 29.0 mi.
Tunbridge 12.8 mi.
Woolwich 14.0 mi.


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