OS Grid Reference: TQ7868
The 1841 population was 7,881

Administrative Units

Gillingham fell within the Hundred of Chatham & Gillingham. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Medway.
Probate Jurisdiction was Shoreham -1845, Rochester 1846-57.

Gillingham included the settlements of Brompton and Lidsing.

Churches and Chapels (pre-1910)

Church of England

  1. St Mary Magdalen (Ancient Parish church) 
  2. Old Brompton, Holy Trinity:   Church built 1848, demolished c1955; parish created 1847 from Gillingham St Mary & Chatham St. Mary.   Original registers from 1848.
  3. New Brompton, St Mark: Canterbury St.  Church built 1864-6, replacing wood building (1862); parish created 1863 from Gillingham St Mary.   Original registers from 1863.
  4. New Brompton, St Barnabas: Nelson Rd.  Church built 1889-90, succeeding mission of 1886; parish created 1892 from Gillingham St Mary & New Brompton St Mark.   Original registers from 1873.
  5. Lidsing:   Chapelry within Gillingham St Mary.   Original registers from 1840.

Roman Catholic

  • Old Brompton, St Paulinus: Manor St.  (1793).   Original registers from 1893.


  1. Wesleyan: Nelson St.  (1827).   Original registers from 1816.
  2. Wesleyan: Manner St, Brompton.  Original registers from 1796.


For project purposes this parish is covered by Kent FHS.

West Kent map