A View of the Parish

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1881 Ordnance survey map of Birchington with link to modern ordnance survey map
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Statistical Summary

Acres:  1,674
OS co-ordinates:  TR301690
Latitude:  51:22.4182N
Longitude:  1:18.3619E

Parish Church:  All Saints
Registers commence:  1538
Other Denominations:
  Baptist & Wesleyan
  Monday - St. Nicholas at Wade
  Wednesday - Ramsgate
  Thursday - Sarre
  Friday - Minster
  Saturday - Monkton, Margate &

  Palm Monday - Minster
  30 May - Acol
  13 July - Minster
  22 July - Monkton
  10 Aug - St. Lawrence
  8 Sep - St. Nicholas at Wade
  14 Oct - Sarre

Newspapers:  weekly at Ramsgate
Electoral Place:  Ramsgate
  Petty Sessions and County Courts -
  Margate and Ramsgate

Jails:  at St. Clement's, Sandwich

  Royal National at Westbrook
  National School
  Post office under Margate
  Railway station

Registration District:  Thanet
Poor Law Union:  Thanet 1835-1930
Workhouse:  Minster, Thanet Diocese:  Canterbury
Archdeaconry:  Canterbury
Deanery:  Westbere
   pre-1859 - Archdeaconry Court
        of Canterbury

   post-1858 - Principal Probate Registry
Lathe:  St. Augustine
Hundred:  Ringslow
Houses:  1861
Parishes within 6 mile radius:
  Acol, Ash (Sandwich), Chislet, Elmstone, Margate, Minster in Thanet, Monkton, Preston (Ash and Wingham), Ramsgate, Reculver, Sandwich (Sts Clement, Mary and Peter), Sarre, St Nicholas at Wade, Stonar, Stourmouth, Thanet St Lawrence, Thanet St. Peter .
Greenwood map of Birchington as it existed in 1821
Greenwood's Map of 1821. Click map for larger image.

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Principal landholder:


Birchington is a village and a parish in Thanet district, Kent.  The village stands adjacent to the Kent Coast railway, 3-1/4 miles west-by-south of Margate;  and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Margate.  It occupies a gentle declivity, with extensive prospects by sea and land;  and is about 3/4 of a mile long.

The parish is within the cinque port liberty of Dover;  and comprises 1,680 acres of land and 390 of water.  Real property in 1860, £8,885.  Population in 1861, 813.  Houses, 186.  The property is divided among a few.

The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Monkton, in the diocese of Canterbury.  The church consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with tower and spire;  and on the north side of it is a chapel of the manor, containing some fine monuments and ancient brasses.

There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, and a national school.1

Adjoining the shore of this parish is Hemming's Bay, most probably so named, says Hasted, from the Danish chieftain Hemming, who with his companion Anlef, landed their forces in this island in the year 1009.4

As at the time of the 1921 census the civil parish of the same name was coextensive with the ecclesiastical parish of Birchington.2

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

2William Page, 1861-1934, ed.  The Victoria County History of Kent, vol. 3, p. 359.(London, England: The St. Catherine Press, Stamford Street, Waterloo, S.E., 1932).

3Edward Hasted, ed. and comp.  The town and parish of Birchington: Town and manors, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 260-307.

4C. Greenwood, comp.  Epitome of County History, vol. 1, County of Kent. (London, England: privately printed, 1838).



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Location of Records

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Church Registers


  • 1801-1831

  • 1841

  • 1851

  • 1861

  • 1871

  • 1881
  • 1891

  • 1901

Parish Chest

  • 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

Total Population2

1801   -   537
1811   -   614
1821   -   700
1831   -   843
1841   -   874
1851   -   885
1861   -   813
1871   -   1,137
1881   -   1,393
1891   -   1,822
1901   -   2,128
1911   -   2,275
1921   -   3,503

Birchington Distance to

London 61.4 mi.
Canterbury 12.4 mi.
Ashford 25.1 mi.
Bromley 55.9 mi.
Chatham 33.6 mi.
Cranbrook 38.8 mi.
Dartford 48.5 mi.
Deptford 58.6 mi.
Dover 17.4 mi.
Faversham 18.7 mi.
Folkestone 21.2 mi.
Gravesend 40.5 mi.
Greenwich 56.7 mi.
Hythe 23.4 mi.
Maidstone 34.6 mi.br> Margate 3.2 mi.br> Milton Regis 25.0 mi.
Queenborough 24.3 mi.
Rochester 36.0 mi.
Sandwich 7.1 mi.
Sheerness 24.5 mi.
Tenterden 34.4 mi.
Tunbridge Wells 48.4 mi.
Woolwich 54.4 mi.


Municipal & Public Records

  • Electoral Rolls
  • Public Officials

Wills & Estate Records

  • AD index 1448-1857
  • CC index 1448-1857
  • PCC 1338-1858
  • PPR 1858-1925
  • Depositions

Court Records

  • Quarter Sessions
  • Transportations
  • Tithe Apportionment c1830s
  • Protestation Rolls c1641-1643
  • Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy 1662
  • Oaths of Allegiance c1720s

Military Records

Land Records
& Maps

Tax Lists

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

Other Records

  • Apprenticeships
  • Immigration
  • School Records
  • Notable Events
  • Nefarious Activities
  • Visitation, 1612

Village Resources

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