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Statistical SummaryAcres: 1,674
OS co-ordinates: TR301690
Parish Church: All Saints
Registers commence: 1538
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
Post office under Margate
Registration District: Thanet
Poor Law Union: Thanet 1835-1930
Workhouse: Minster, Thanet Diocese: Canterbury
pre-1859 - Archdeaconry Court
post-1858 - Principal Probate Registry
Lathe: St. Augustine
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 .
Thanet, St. Peter
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).
Thanet, St. Peter's 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.]
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, 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.
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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
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.