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Minster, Isle of Sheppey Parish

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Your Online Parish Clerk for Minster, Isle of Sheppey is:  VACANT.  

Minster, Isle of Sheppey is, ecclesiastically, in the diocese of Canterbury, in the archdeaconry of Canterbury and in the deanery of Sittingbourne .  The church is named for St. Mary & St. Sexburga with registers commencing 1548.

Minster, Isle of Sheppey is a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Sheppey district, Kent.  The village stands on the north coast of the Isle of Sheppey, opposite the Nore, 3 miles east-by-north of Queenborough rail station;  and has a post office, of the name of Minster, under Sittingbourne.  The parish contains also the town of Sheerness, and is studded with hamlets and habitations.  Acres, 11,035;  of which 2,845 are water.  Real property in 1860, £37,668;  of which £250 are in fisheries.  Population in 1851, 11,082;  in 1861, 15,964.  Houses, 2,231.  The increase of population arose mainly from the establishment of a steam engine factory, and other works, in the royal dockyard of Sheerness;  and so many as 12,015 of the population in 1861 were in the town of Sheerness 1,532 on board vessels, 1,005 in Sheerness barracks, and 73 in the military hospital.

A nunnery was founded at Minster, in 675, by Sexburga, widow of Ercombert, King of Kent;  was endowed with lands for the maintenance of 77 nuns;  underwent desolation by the Danes;  was restored, for a colony of Benedictine nuns, in 1130, by Archbishop Corboil;  had, at the dissolution, a prioress and 10 nuns;  went then to Sir Thomas Cheney;  and is now represented only by the church, and by the gate house, the latter of comparatively late architecture.

The general surface is a rich expanse of corn and pasture land, with considerable aggregate of market gardens;  and the coast is bounded by high cliffs, has several coast guard stations, and commands very fine views, both landward and over the estuary of the Thames.  An oyster fishery extends in front along a bank called Cheney Rock;  and is very productive and celebrated.

The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value, £169 with a habitable glebe house.  Patron, James Whitchurch, Esq..  The church is that of the ancient nunnery;  consists of nave, aisles, chapel and chancel, with a turreted tower;  includes Norman portions;  and contains the tomb of a Knight Templar, said to be that of Sir Robert de Shurland, and several other tombs and brasses.

The perpetual curacy of Sheerness is a separate benefice.

There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics, national schools at both Minster and Sheerness, and an endowed school with £19 a year.

The workhouse of Sheppey district also is here;  and, at the census of 1861, had 107 inmates.

The sub-district contains likewise the parish of Queenborough.  Acres, 11,535.  Population in 1861, 16,937.  Houses, 2,388.1
1John Marius Wilson, comp. The Imperial Gazatteer of England and Wales.  (London, England:  A. Fullerton & Co., 1870).

A very informative website for places on Sheppey is that maintained by Colin Penney.  If you have family lines in Sheerness or Minster I would strongly suggest that you spend some time on his site.  Many of the links to resources (see below) are links onto his wonderful website.


Church Registers Census Parish Records Wills &
Court Records

  • 1801-1831

  • 1841

  • 1851

  • 1861

  • 1871

  • 1881

  • 1891

  • 1901

  • Settlement Certificates
  • Removal Orders
  • Bastardy Examinations
  • Parish-assisted Immigrants
  • Churchwarden's Accounts
  • Overseer's Accounts
  • Surveyor's Accounts
  • Workhouse Records
  • Pew Rents
  • Donors' Rolls
  • Vestry Minutes
  • Bishops' Visitations
  • Parish Magazines
  • Parish Histories
  • Churches on Sheppey, Past and Present

  • AD index 1448-1857
  • CC index 1448-1857
  • PCC 1338-1858
  • PPR 1858-1925
  • Depositions
  • Quarter Sessions
  • Militia Lists
  • Muster Rolls
  • Description Books
  • Tithe Apportionment c1830s
  • Transportations
  • Protestation Rolls c1641-1643
  • Oaths of Allegiance c1720s
Tax Lists Directories Land Records &

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

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

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