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All Saints, Hollingbourne Parish Church

Hollingbourne Parish

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Hollingbourne is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Maidstone, and in the deanery of Sutton.  The church is named All Saints with original parish registers commencing 1556.

Hollingbourne, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district in Kent.  The village stands 5-1/2 miles east of Maidstone rail station;  was known at Domesday as Hoilingeborde;  and has a post office under Maidstone, and a fair on 16 June.  The parish contains also the hamlet of Eyhorne Street, and the places called New Englands, Woodcut Hill and Greenway Court.  Acres, 4,560.  Real property in 1860, £,6,108.  Population in 1851, 1,302;  in 1861 1,190.  Houses, 189.  The decrease of population arose from emigration, caused by want of employment.  Most of the property is divided among seven.

The manor belongs to the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury.  There were formerly paper mills;  and these were converted into flour mills.  There are brick and tile works.  Very curious relics, of unique character, supposed to be Roman, and including a wooden club scarcely 2 feet long and a small wooden sword or dagger, were found about 3-1/2 feet below the surface, during the enlargement of a mill pond, in 1862.

The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Hucking, in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £430, with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is early and later English;  consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with low square tower;  and contains many monuments of the Culpepers, of the 17th and 18th centuries.

There are an endowed national school, a charity for widows with £100 a year, and other charities with £22.

The district workhouse is in the parish;  and, at the census of 1861, had 241 inmates.

The sub-district contains also the parishes of Boxley, Detling, Bredhurst, Stockbury, Thurnham, Hucking, Bicknor and Wormshill. Acres, 22,026.  Population in 1861, 4,690.  Houses, 878.

The district comprehends also the sub-district of Lenham, containing the parishes of Lenham, Boughton Malherbe, Harrietsham, Frinsted, Witchling, and Otterden;and the sub-district of Headcorn, containing the parishes of Headcorn, Ulcombe, Broomfield, Leeds, Langley, Sutton Valence, East Sutton and Chart next Sutton Valence.  Acres, 57,017.  Poor rates in 1863, £10,721.  Population in 1851, 13,751;  in 1861, 13,584.  Houses, 2,743.  Marriages in 1862, 74;  births, 434 of which 34 were illegitimate;  deaths, 206 of which 66 were at ages under 5 years and 6 at ages above 85.  Marriages in the ten years 1851-1860, 780;  births, 4,470;  deaths, 2,552.

The places of worship in 1851 in the district were 23 of the Church of England, with 5,487 sittings;  5 of Independents, with 1,038 sittings;  2 of Baptists, with 240 sittings;  6 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 719 sittings;  1 of Primitive Methodists, with 70 sittings;  and 1 of Bible Christians, with 90 sittings.   The schools were 16 public day schools, with 1,220 scholars;  25 private day schools, with 554 scholars;  21 Sunday schools with 1,206 scholars;  and 1 evening school for adults, with 12 scholars.

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

Hollingbourne 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 Hollingbourne: vol. , pp.
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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.

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,
also available at:
Hollingbourne Local Studies & Archives, Central Library, High Street, Hollingbourne, 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 Hollingbourne   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, Hollingbourne 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

  • Settlement Certificates
  • Removal Orders
  • Bastardy Examinations
  • Parish-assisted Immigrants
  • Churchwarden's Accounts 1745-1817
  • Overseer's Accounts
  • Surveyor's Accounts
  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories
  • Workhouse Records


Total Population

1801   -   730
1811   -   876
1821   -   1,000
1831   -   943
1841   -   1,300
1851   -   1,302
1861   -   1,190
1871   -   1,176
1881   -   1,151
1891   -   964
1901   -   945
1911   -   993
1921   -   754
The civil parish of the same name at the 1921 census was coextensive with the ecclesiastical parish (or place).

Hollingbourne Distance to

London mi.
Canterbury mi.
Ashford mi.
Chatham mi.
Cranbrook mi.
Dartford mi.
Deptford mi.
Dover mi.
Faversham mi.
Folkestone mi.
Gravesend mi.
Greenwich mi.
Hythe mi.
Maidstone mi.
Margate mi.
Milton Regis mi.
Queenborough mi.
Ramsgate mi.
Rochester mi.
Sandwich mi.
Sheerness mi.
Tenterden mi.
Tunbridge mi.
Woolwich mi.


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

  • Hollingbourne Wills
  • 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

Tax Lists

  • Poll Tax 1790-1859
  • Subsidy Rolls and other Poll Tax 1373-1666
  • Hundred Roll 1279
  • Hearth Tax
  • Window Tax
  • Hair Powder Tax
  • Land Tax Assessments 1780-1831
  • Land Tax Assessments 1799-1805

Other Records

Village Resources