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Orpington Parish



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Orpington is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury [from 1860 to 1905 when it was returned to the diocese of Rochester], in the archdeaconry of Maidstone and in the deanery of Dartford.  The church is named All Saints with registers commencing 1560.

Orpington, a village and a parish in Bromley district, Kent.  The village stands adjacent to a station of its own name, on the Direct Tunbridge railway, 4 miles SE of Bromley;  is a pleasant place;  and has a post office under Bromley, Kent, and a fair on Holy Thursday.  The parish contains also the hamlet of Crofton and comprises 3,477 acres.  Real property in 1860, £6,142.  Population in 1851, 1,203;  in 1861, 1,727.  Houses, 320.  The increase of population arose from the operations of a building society.  The property is divided among a few.

The manor of Great Orpington belongs to Sir P. H. Dyke, Bart.;  and that of Little Orpington, to J. G. Stapelton, Esq..  Crofton Hall is the seat of sir R. M. Bromley;  Crofton House, of J. F. Skeggs, Esq.;  Aynscombe House, of A. Jackson, Esq.;  the Priory, of C. Barry, Esq.;  and Bark Hart, of H. D. Francis, Esq..

Hops and all kinds of fruit are plentifully grown.  The springs are so numerous as frequently to flood the village.  Brick making is carried on.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury;  and, till 1868, was united with St. Mary Cray.  Value, £420 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The church is mainly early English;  includes Norman portions;  and has a low embattled tower.

There are a British school, and charities £39.  Queen Elizabeth was entertained at Bark Hart, in 1573, by Sir P. Hart.1

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


Orpington Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [Note:  The following volumes can be found on archive.org:  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 Orpington: vol. 10, p. 278; vol. 14, pp. 229, 231, 356; vol. 15, pp. 181, 197, 216, 229; vol. 16, p. 106; vol. 18, p. 279; vol. 20, pp. 16, 20, 65, 164; vol. 22, p. 309; vol. 23, pp. 75, 125, 145; vol. 38, pp. 56, 191
  • alms houses vol. 31, p. 197; vol. 75, p. 38; vol. 76, p. lxx
  • "Anchor and Hope," vol. 41, p. xlviii.
  • Barkhart House vol. 71, pp. 237-240
  • Bowen, Mrs. M. vol. 80, p. liv.
  • brasses vol. 50, p. 118
  • brass of Thomas Wilkynson, vol. 31, p. 150;
  • Catholic Church inscriptions vol. 105, p. 254
  • chapel vol. 99, p. 111; vol. 119, pp. 295, 296
  • Church, All Saints vol. 71, p. 238; vol. 73, p. 1; vol. 124, pp. 52, 58, 59
  • church, Anglo-Saxon vol. 81, p. 242
  • church vol. 13, pp. 374-381; vol. 23, p. 145; vol. 35, p. 112; vol. 44, p. 52; vol. 59, pp. 5-6; vol. 62, pp. 63-64, 68, 71; vol. 119, pp. 290, 296, 303
  • church and priory vol. 12, p. xliii; vol. 14, pp. 145, 163; vol. 73, p. l; vol. 81, p. lx; vol. 82, pp. lvi-lvii; vol. 83, p. lxix; vol. 84, p. l; vol. 85, p. xlix; vol. 86, p. l; vol. 128, p. 50
  • churchgoing vol. 128, pp. 344, 345, 346, 355, 356
  • church goods, inventory of parish vol. 10, p. 287
  • church tower vol. 18, p. 384
  • Eldridge, A. vol. 72, p. 211
  • Esthall, John de, vol. 80, p. 164
  • fines of lands vol. 11, pp. 323-4, 333; vol. 12, p. 303, vol. 13, pp. 292, 307, 320; vol. 14, pp. 250, 279; vol. 15, p. 310; vol. 18, pp. 346, 349
  • Hampden, Christopher vol. 119, p. 33
  • Historical Record Society vol. 69, p. xxxviii; vol. 60, p. 101; vol. 61, p. xliii; vol. 63, p. xliii;
  • swine pasture vol. 76, p. 72
  • Horse plague 1795, vol. 87, p. 237
  • Hospital, Sevenoaks Road vol. 130, p. 379
  • John, V., vol. 40, p. 55
  • manor vol. 13, p. 374; vol. 31, p. 2; vol. 74, p. 94; vol. 117, p. 49
  • market vol. 117, pp. 91, 94, 99
  • non-conformity 1676, vol. 94, p. 68
  • old cottages vol. 42, p. xlix
  • Open fields vol. 56, p. 55
  • rectors vol. 13, pp. 382-4; vol. 119, pp. 295, 303
  • Saunders, Anthony and Mrs. L. vol. 72, p. 211
  • swine pasture vol. 76, p. 72

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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; http://www.familysearch.org.

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', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Edward I. Published:(1906).  URL: British History Online.

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward II', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Edward II. Published:(1910).  URL: British History Online.

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Edward III. Published:(1938).  URL: British History Online.

Sharp, J. E. E. S., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry III', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Henry III. Published:(1904).  URL: British History Online.

Kirby, J. L., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry IV', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Henry IV. Published:(1992).  URL: British History Online.

Kirby, J. L., ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry V', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Henry V. Published:(1995).  URL: British History Online.

Cyril Flower, M. C. B. Dawes and A. C. Wood, ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry VII', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Henry VII. Published:(1955).  URL: British History Online.

M. C. B. Dawes, H. C. Johnson, M. M. Condon, C. A. Cook and H. E. Jones, ed.. 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, various volumes: Richard II. Published:(1988).  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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Census

Date The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,
Kew, Richmond,
Surrey,
TW9 4DU
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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 RG 13/785 - also online at http://www.1901censusonline.com  
2 Apr 1911 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 RG 78/139 - Census Enumerator's Summary Books online only http://www.1911census.co.uk and other subscription sites none
 

Church Records, Church of England

Record Type Dates Archive 1
(Addresses)
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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 Orpington   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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(Addresses)
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Admission & Discharge books   This section currently under revision  
Guardians' Minutes      
Ledgers      
Births   Currently under revision  
Deaths   Currently under revision  
Religious creed registers   Currently under revision  
Apprentice Register      
Registers of lunatics      
Letters books      
Vaccination registers 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


Census


Parish Chest
Records

  • 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

Directories


Total Population

1664   -   279
1671   -   288
1676   -   325*
1717   -   274
1758   -   475
1788   -   499
1801   -   693
1811   -   727
1821   -   754
1831   -   842
1841   -   907
1851   -   1203
1861   -   1727
1871   -   2371
1881   -   3050
1891   -   4099
1901   -   4259
1911   -   5036
1921   -   7047
*Compton Census, 1676:
inhabitants over 16 years 196;
papists 5;  non-conformists 8


Orpington Distance to

London 12.3 mi.
Canterbury 43.1 mi.
Ashford 37.0 mi.
Bromley 4.0 mi.
Chatham 19.3 mi.
Cranbrook 26.8 mi.
Dartford 6.6 mi.
Deptford 9.3 mi.
Dover 55.4 mi.
Faversham 34.9 mi.
Folkestone 50.5 mi.
Gravesend 13.6 mi.
Greenwich 8.3 mi.
Hythe 48.1 mi.
Maidstone 20.2 mi.
Margate 56.0 mi.
Milton Regis 28.0 mi.
Queenborough 28.9 mi.
Ramsgate 57.8 mi.
Rochester 16.9 mi.
Sandwich 54.8 mi.
Sheerness 29.2 mi.
Tenterden 33.3 mi.
Tunbridge 18.1 mi.
Woolwich 8.8 mi.


Directories


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


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

  • Parish Map
  • Victoria County History
  • Deeds, Mortgages, etc.
  • Rated Property Returns
  • Returns of owners of land, 1873
  • Manors
  • Manor Court Baron
  • Manor Tenancy Rolls
  • Manors, Castles & Holdings of Significance

Tax Lists

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

Other Records


Village Resources