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Marden Parish

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Statistical Summary

Acres:  7,607
OS co-ordinates:  TQ 7441 4463
Latitude:  84: 51:10.4586N
Longitude:  0:29.6174E

Parish Church:  St. Michael & All Angels
Registers commence:  1559
Other Denominations:
  Within District:
   Wesleyan Methodists
   Primitive Methodists
   Lady Huntingdon's Connexion

Fairs:  Oct 10 - toys and pedlary
Electoral Place:  Maidstone
Courts:  County Court at Canterbury
Jails:  Maidstone
Bordering parishes:
  Hunton, Linton, detached portion of Maidstone, Boughton Monchelsea, Staplehurst, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Yalding

  County lunatic asylum Barming Heath
  West Kent general hospital
  Ophthalmic Hospital

  money order office, a savings bank, and a railway station with telegraph/
Registration District:  Maidstone
Poor Law Union:
    Coxheath Union Oct 1835-June 1836, Maidstone Union June 1836-1 April 1930
Workhouse:  Maidstone
Diocese:  Canterbury
Archdeaconry:  Canterbury
Deanery:  Sutton
Probate pre-1859:   Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Lathes:  Aylesford and Scray
Hundreds:   Maidstone, Twyford and Marden2  Population in 1861, 2,295.1  Houses, 452.1

image of Ordnance Survey map of_Marden 1903
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Domesday Reference:
Not mentioned in Domesday.


Marden is a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred in Kent. The village stands near an affluent of the river Medway, and on the Reigate, Tunbridge and Ashford railway, 3 miles west-north-west of Staplehurst; is a picturesque place; was formerly a market town; and has a post office under Staplehurst, a money order office and a savings bank, a railway station with telegraph, and a fair on 10 October. The parish contains also the hamlet of Stile Bridge. Acres, 7,607. Real property in 1860, £11,652. Population in 1861, 2,295. Houses, 452. The property is much subdivided.

The manor belongs to R. Springett, Esq.. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £828 with a habitable glebe house. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is ancient but good; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains a very curious font of 1652. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, parochial schools, a Church of England school, and charities of £55. The parochial schools were built in 1859, at a cost of about £1,600; and are a handsome structure, in the Tudor style. Amhurst, the author of the "Craftsman", was a native.

The sub-district contains also two other parishes, and part of another; and is in Maidstone district. Acres 15,317. Population in 1861, 4,905. Houses 906.

The hundred excludes one of the parishes and the part parish of the sub-district, but includes another and larger parish; and is in the lathe of Scray. Acres, 23,029. Population in 1851, 6,550. Houses, 1,227.

Stile Bridge a hamlet in Marden parish; on the river Beult, 3 miles northwest of Staplehurst. It has a post office under Staplehurst.1

A great deal of records are also becoming available via the Marden Village Society History Group. See the record categories below for links to some of the research data on that web site.

The Marden Society has an online archive of their journal, the "Parish Pump".

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

2Edward Hasted, ed. and comp.  The town and parish of Marden: Town and manors, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9 (1798), pp. 291-299.

Marden Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  Volumes 1 through 139 are available to view free on the Kent Archaeological Society website.  [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 Marden (Merden, Merdenne): vol. 12, p. 221; vol. 13, p. 130; vol. 14, pp. 239, 296, 323-4; vol. 18, pp. 21, 24, 25, 28, 35; vol. 20, pp. 7-45; vol. 46, pp. 234; vol. 49, p. xlii; vol. 58, pp. 2-3; vol. 64, p. 62; vol. 126, p. 67; vol. 131, pp. 66, 70, vol. 73, pp. 74, 80 n.34
  • Chainhurst, field survey vol. 91, p. 210
  • Church vol. 31, p. 119; vol. 45, p. 80; vol. 47, p. 30; vol. 119, p. 177
  • church mentioned in Domesday vol. 76, p. 73
  • Church plate, vol. 26, pp. 254-255;
  • churchgoing vol. 128, p. 349
  • courthouse vol. 83, p. 2
  • estate maps, 1636, 1681, 1682: vol. 77, p. 183
  • farm workers 1823-37: vol. 100, p. 378
  • fines of lands vol. 12, p. 302; vol. 13, pp. 311, 320
  • Hundred, vol. 31, pp. 163, 165; vol. 46, p. 218; vol. 107, p. 49
  • John, V., vol. 32, p. 176.
  • lordship of vol. 119, pp. 228, 229, 233, 236
  • Moat Farm vol. 93, p. 222
  • nonconformity vol. 112, p. 327
  • parish records vol. 101, p. 324; vol. 135, p. 165
  • parish registers extracts vol. 6, p. 279
  • passim, 182; vol. 21, pp. li, 152, 279; vol. 22, pp. 95, 219; vol. 25, p. 270; vol. 26, p. 246; vol. 27, pp. 170, 171, 278; vol. 28, pp. 14, 16, 293; vol. 29, p. 193; vol. 31, pp. 205, 242; vol. 45, p. 88;
  • population C16: vol. 100, pp. 235, 237, 245n, 247n, 248, 257
  • road from Staplehurst to Stile Bridge vol. 99, p. 230
  • schoolmaster C18: vol. 100, p. 359
  • Stile Bridge, turnnpike trust vol. 100, p. 368
    1. swine pasture vol. 76, p. 71
  • Trial 1381, vol. 4, pp. 72, 80
  • turnpike trust vol. 100, pp. 354n, 364
  • visitation, vol. 29, p. 306;
  • Widehurst vol. 132, p. 268

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:
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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

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
Removal orders out of Marden   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, Marden 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)

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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
  • Pauper's List
  • Surveyor's Accounts
  • Workhouse Records
  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories


Total Population

1801   -   1,660
1811   -   1,804
1821   -   2,051
1831   -   2,051
1841   -   2,076
1851   -   2,296
1861   -   2,295
1871   -   2,333
1881   -   2,321
1891   -   2,321
1901   -   2,321
1911   -   2,614
1921   -   2,484

Marden Distance to

London 34.3 mi.
Canterbury 26.1 mi.
Ashford 16.2 mi.
Chatham 13.1 mi.
Cranbrook 5.3 mi.
Dartford 22.6 mi.
Deptford 31.3 mi.
Dover 35.4 mi.
Faversham 19.8 mi.
Folkestone 29.6 mi.
Gravesend 19.5 mi.
Greenwich 29.9 mi.
Hythe 26.8 mi.
Maidstone 6.9 mi.
Margate 41.2 mi.
Milton Regis 15.9 mi.
Queenborough 20.3 mi.
Ramsgate 41.6 mi.
Rochester 15.0 mi.
Sandwich 37.7 mi.
Sheerness 22.0 mi.
Tenterden 11.1 mi.
Tonbridge 9.4 mi.
Woolwich 29.0 mi.


Municipal & Public Records

  • Mayors
  • Town Clerks
  • Recorders
  • Chamberlains
  • M.P.s
  • Jurats, Aldermen and Common Councilmen
  • Freeholders
  • Freemen Index
  • Freeman's Roll
  • Masters Index
  • Pubs, Taverns, Inns, Alehouses
  • Victuallers

Wills & Estate Records

  • Marden 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