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Chiddingstone Parish

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Chiddingstone is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of South Malling.  The church is named for St. Mary with registers commencing 1565.

Chiddingstone, or Chydingstone, a village and a parish in Sevenoaks district, Kent.  The village stands in the Weald, on the river Eden, 1-1/2 mile southwest of Penshurst rail station, and 6 west-south-west of Tunbridge;  contains interesting specimens of old gabled timbered houses;  and has a post office under Edenbridge.  The parish includes also the hamlet of Little Chiddingstone.  Acres, 5,975.  Real property in 1860, £6,263.  Population in 1861, 1,200.  Houses, 230.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor belonged once to the Burghs and the Cobhams;  and has belonged, since the time of Henry VIII, to the Streatfields.  The ancient manor house was called High Street House;  and the present one is modern and castellated.  The Chiding Stone, figured by Grose, and the subject of curious tradition, is a weather worn mass of sandstone, about 18 feet high, on the edge of the path behind the village.  Wild boars anciently haunted the surrounding tract;  and are commemorated here in the names of Boar Place and Boreshill.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £650 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church has a fine perpendicular English tower, but includes some portions of decorated date;  and it contains many monuments of the Streatfields.

There is a national school.

Chiddingstone Hoath and Little Chiddingston, - two localities in Chiddingstone parish, Kent.  The former is a mile from Chiddingstone village;  and has a post office under Edenbridge. 1

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

Chiddingstone 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 Chiddingstone: vol. , pp.
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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,
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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  
Methodist Church Registers   Currently under revision  

Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Chiddingstone   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   -   910
1811   -   935
1821   -   1,096
1831   -   1,223
1841   -   1,405*
1851   -   1,260*
1861   -   1,200
1871   -   1,218
1881   -   1,292
1891   -   1,236
1901   -   1,092
1911   -   1,139
1921   -   1,061
*A number of railway labourers were temporarily present both in 1841 and 1851.

Chiddingstone Distance to

London 24.2 mi.
Canterbury 41.0 mi.
Ashford 31.7 mi.
Bromley 15.9 mi.
Chatham 20.9 mi.
Cranbrook 18.3 mi.
Dartford 17.5 mi.
Deptford 21.4 mi.
Dover 51.0 mi.
Faversham 33.8 mi.
Folkestone 45.1 mi.
Gravesend 20.6 mi.
Greenwich 20.8 mi.
Hythe 42.2 mi.
Maidstone 17.9 mi.
Margate 55.6 mi.
Milton Regis 28.1 mi.
Queenborough 31.0 mi.
Ramsgate 56.5 mi.
Rochester 20.2 mi.
Sandwich 52.8 mi.
Sheerness 32.1 mi.
Tenterden 25.3 mi.
Tunbridge 6.7 mi.
Woolwich 21.4 mi.


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  • Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy 1662
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