OS Grid Reference: TQ7567
The 1841 population was 19,489

Administrative Units

Chatham fell within the Hundred of Chatham & Gillingham. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Medway.
Probate Jurisdiction was Rochester.

Chatham included the hamlet of Luton.

Churches and Chapels (pre-1910)

Church of England

  1. St Mary (Ancient Parish church) Dock Rd.
  2. Luton, Christchurch: Luton Rd.  Church built 1884, replacing 1843 building; parish created 1842 from Chatham St Mary.   Original registers from 1852.
  3. St John the Divine:   Church built 1821-2; parish created 1852 from Chatham St Mary, abolished 1964.   Original registers from 1853.
  4. St Paul: New Rd.  Church built 1853-5, redundant 1974 & demolished; parish created 1855 from Chatham St Mary.   Original registers from 1855.
  5. Royal Dockyard Church:   Original registers from 1867.

Roman Catholic

  1. Brompton, St Michael:   Founded 1795, succeeded by Chatham 1863.   Original registers from 1802.
  2. St Michael the Archangel: Hills Terrace.  Church built 1862-3, formerly at Brompton.   Original registers from 1802.


  1. Baptist: Heavyside Lane.  (1700).   Original registers from 1700.
  2. Baptist: Zion Chapel, Clover St.  (1644).   Original registers from 1814.


  • Independent: Ebenezer Chapel, Clover St.  (1662).   Original registers from 1792.


  • Jewish:   (Existing 1760). No information on registers


  • Bible Christian: Union St.  (1815).   Original registers from 1820.


For project purposes this parish is covered by Kent FHS.

West Kent map