A View of the Parish

Sattelite image of Thanet Broadstairs, Kent, England
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1881 Ordnance survey map of Broadstairs with link to modern ordnance survey map
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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 Broadstairs

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).



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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 Population
(includes Broadstairs)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.)

Broadstairs 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.


Municipal & Public Records

  • Freemen, etc.
  • Electoral Roll

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

  • Parish Map
  • Hasted's History
  • Victoria County History (Thanet Broadstairs)
  • Deeds, Mortgages, etc.
  • Rated Property Returns
  • Returns of owners of land, 1873
  • 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

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

Village Resources

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