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Hadlow, is a village and a parish in Tunbridge district, Kent.  The village stands on an effluent of the Medway, 1-1/2 mile north of the Medway navigation, and 4 northeast of Tunbridge rail station;  and has a post-office with telegraph and savings bank under Tunbridge, and a fair on Whit-Monday.  The parish comprises 5,856 acres.  Real property in 1860, £16,920.  Population in 1851, 2,395;  in 1861, 2,568.  Houses, 502.

The property is much subdivided.  The manor belongs to R Rodger, Esq..

A church and two mills were here at Domesday.  A castle also was erected, soon afterwards, by the Fitz-Gilberts;  and a modern edifice, in the pointed monastic style, bearing the name of Hadlow Castle, and now the seat of R. Rodger, Esq., occupies the site of the ancient castle, presents an imposing appearance, and has a tower 170 feet high, designed after the manner of Fonthill, richly decorated, and commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country.

There are hop grounds, brick fields, and breweries.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £789 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Rev. J. J Monypenny.  The church was attached to the preceptory of Hospitallers in West Peckham;  consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower;  and contains a monument to Sir John Rivers, of the time of James I.  There are a Baptist chapel, a national school, and charities £22.

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

Hadlow 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 Hadlow: vol. 11, p. 310; vol. 14, pp. 228-9, 240, 327; vol. 16, pp. 50, 51; vol. 18, p. 27; vol. 20, pp. 12, 18, 29, 39, 156; vol. 21, pp. 211, 214, 298, 299; vol. 22, pp. lviii, 237, 250, 265, 268, 271, 273,274, 299, 314; vol. 23, pp. 74, 156; vol. 24, pp. 136, 137, 138; vol. 28, pp. 25; 45, 57
  • in Domesday, vol. 28, p. 327; vol. 44, p. 42
  • Caxton born in Causton in vol. 2, p. 232
  • J. Master at vol. 15, pp. 197, 208-9, 214
  • Manor vol. 10, pp. 133, 152; vol. 44, p. 42
  • Registers vol. 14, p. 236
  • fines relating to vol. 11, pp. 334, 337; vol. 14, p. 266
  • with Grovehurst vol. 13, pp. 331-9
  • Church vol. 22, p. 267; vol. 44, p. 47
  • Church bells, vol. 23, p. 156

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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.

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Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
also available at:
Hadlow Local Studies & Archives, Central Library, High Street, Hadlow, BR1 1EX, tel. 020 8461 7170, Email:
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

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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 Hadlow   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, Hadlow 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
(poor laws, jail terms, oaths, and other municipal and public 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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    Currently under revision  


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Church Registers


Parish Chest

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  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories


Total Population

1801   -   1,115
1811   -   1,531
1821   -   1,757
1831   -   1,853
1841   -   2,108
1851   -   2,395
1861   -   2,568
1871   -   2,753
1881   -   2,471
1891   -   2,318
1901   -   2,459
1911   -   2,423
1921   -   2,264
The parish was effected by the operation of the Divided Parishes Acts, but the Registrar-General failed to obtain particulars of every such change.  The changes which escaped notification were, however, probably small in area and with little, if any, population.  Considerable difficulty was experienced both in 1891 and 1901 in tracing the results of changes effected in civil parishes under the provisions of these Acts.  The figures in many instances must be regarded as partly estimates.

The ecclesiastical parish of the same name at the 1921 census was coextensive with the civil parish (or place).

Hadlow Distance to

London mi.
Canterbury 32.0 mi.
Ashford 23.5 mi.
Chatham 12.3 mi.
Cranbrook 12.3 mi.
Dartford 15.8 mi.
Deptford 23.7 mi.
Dover 42.6 mi.
Faversham 24.6 mi.
Folkestone 37.1 mi.
Gravesend 15.0 mi.
Greenwich 22.4 mi.
Hythe 34.4 mi.
Maidstone 8.6 mi.
Margate 46.4 mi.
Milton Regis 18.9 mi.
Queenborough 22.1 mi.
Ramsgate 47.4 mi.
Rochester 12.5 mi.
Sandwich 43.8 mi.
Sheerness 23.3 mi.
Tenterden 18.8 mi.
Tunbridge 7.5 mi.
Woolwich 21.9 mi.


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  • Masters Index
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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
  • Protestation Rolls c1641-1643
  • Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy 1662
  • Oaths of Allegiance c1720s

Military Records

Land Records
& Maps

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  • Feet of Fines
  • Victoria County History
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Tax Lists

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

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