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Thanet, Broadstairs

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Statistical Summary

OS co-ordinates:  TR380684
Latitude:  51:21.9059N
Longitude:  1:25.1101E

Parish Church:  Broadstairs
Registers commence:  1850
Other Denominations:
  Broadstairs Methodist Church
  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 Westgate
  Post office under Ramsgate
  Railway station
  savings bank
  money order office
  2 hotels
  coast guard 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:  300.1
Parishes within 6 mile radius:
  Acol, Ash (Sandwich), Birchington 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 Broadstairs as it existed in 1805
Ordnance Survey, First Series Map circa 1805. Click map for larger image.

Domesday Reference:

Principal landholder:

Thanet, St. Peter

Broadstairs, a village and a chapelry in St. Peter's parish, Thanet, Kent.  The village stands on the coast, adjacent to the Kent Coast railway, 2-1/2 miles north-by-east of Ramsgate.

It is an ancient place;  was the scene of a fierce battle, in 853, between the Saxons and the Danes;  had extensive fortifications, pierced by a sea-gate, with a portal arch, some part of which remains;  took its name from the "broad stairs" which led up from the sea-gate;  possessed, a little above the fortifications, a Lady chapel, of so high repute that ships lowered their top sails in going past it;  and sent, about the middle of last century, a number of vessels to the cod fisheries of Iceland and the Northern seas.  Its old pier was swept away by a storm in 1808;  and its present pier is a rough, picturesque, timber structure.  The village is now frequented as a bathing place;  has good accommodations and a firm sandy beach;  and commands splendid views.  It is also a coast guard station.

The chapelry includes the village, extends into the country, and was constituted in 1850.  Rated property in 1859 was £4,628.  Population in 1861, 1,378.  Houses, 300.  The property is much subdivided.

Old coins have been found in the cliffs;  and a spermaceti whale, 61 feet long, came ashore in 1762.

The North Foreland is a prominent feature;  and North Town hill is the highest ground in Thanet.  Water works were constructed in 1859.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury.  Value £260.  Patron, the Vicar of Broadstairs.  The church was built in 1828;  and has a tower added in 1852.

A Baptist chapel includes a portion of the old Lady chapel.  There is also a Wesleyan chapel.1

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 Thanet Broadstairs: Town and manors, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 260-307.

3William 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).

Thanet, St. Peter's Bibliography

-- various. 'Archaeologia Cantiana'. Publisher: Kent, England: Kent Archaeological Society, various dates.  [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 Thanet, St. Peter: vol. , pp.
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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.

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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 Currently under revision  
2 Apr 1911 Currently under revision  
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Particular Baptist Chapel, Nonconformist Return   Currently under revision  
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Parish chest records

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Parish Council Minutes   Currently under revision  
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Return of Churchwardens, constables and defaulters     
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War Damage Files 1939-1962 Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, Kent, no.: Finding Aid at CKS-DRb/RW 123 None

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Total Population
(includes St. Peter's)3

1801   -   1568
1811   -   1943
1821   -   2101
1831   -   2342
1841   -   2978
1851   -   2975
1861   -   2855
1871   -   3847
1881   -   4597
1891   -   5661
1901   -   7193
1911   -   10095
1921   -   15471 (est.)

Thanet, St. Peter Distance to

London 62.2 mi.
Canterbury 12.2 mi.
Ashford 24.7 mi.
Bromley 56.5 mi.
Chatham 34.2 mi.
Cranbrook 38.7 mi.
Dartford 49.2 mi.
Deptford 59.3 mi.
Dover 16.1 mi.
Faversham 19.0 mi.
Folkestone 20.2 mi.
Gravesend 41.2 mi.
Greenwich 57.5 mi.
Hythe 22.5 mi.
Maidstone 35.0 mi.
Margate 3.1 mi.
Milton Regis 25.5 mi.
Queenborough 25.0 mi.
Ramsgate 4.7 mi.
Rochester 36.6 mi.
Sandwich 5.7 mi.
Sheerness 25.3 mi.
Tenterden 34.0 mi.
Tunbridge Wells 48.6 mi.
Woolwich 55.2 mi.


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