West Kent Parish Gazetteer

This on-line West Kent Parish Gazetteer is based on the much more comprehensive version to be found in the Society's publication West Kent Sources, a Guide to Family and Local History Research in the Diocese of Rochester (3rd edition, 1998, see also the Publications List).

Coverage is limited to churches built before c1910 or parishes created before that date; further details on gazetteer coverage are given below.

This on-line version includes a photograph of each ancient parish church, as well as of many Victorian churches. There are currently 266 church photos.

To see information on a place, click on its name in the table below. The main alphabetical arrangement is by ancient parish, i.e. respecting the boundaries as they existed c1832, the same as in Phillimores "Atlas & Index of Parish Registers". The ancient parishes are the entries in bold in the table below. Some places which are now quite sizeable towns were not ancient parishes, such as Sidcup, Swanley and Tunbridge Wells. These have their own gazetteer pages, with a list of their own churches and a reference back to the parish(es) from which they were originally split.

You can also access the gazetteer by searching on church dedication (C of E only), see the Church Index. There's also a separate list of Roman Catholic Churches.

Index by Placename
Addington
Allhallows Hoo
Allington
Ash-next-Ridley
Ashurst
Aylesford
Barming, East
Barming, West
Beckenham
Belvedere
Bessels Green
Bexley
Bexleyheath
Bickley
Bidborough
Biggin Hill
Birling
Blackheath
Borough Green
Borstal
Brasted
Brenchley
Brockley
Bromley
Brompton
Burham
Capel
Catford
Chalk
Charlton
Chatham
Chelsfield
Chevening
Chiddingstone
Chipstead
Chislehurst
Cliffe-at-Hoo
Cobham
Collier Street
Cooling
Cowden
Cray, Foots
Cray, North
Cray, St Mary
Cray, St Paul's
Crayford
Crockenhill
Crockham Hill
Cudham
Culverstone
Cuxton
Darenth
Darenth, South
Dartford
Denton
Deptford
Ditton
Downe
Dunton Green
East Barming
East Farleigh
East Malling
East Peckham
East Wickham
Eccles
Edenbridge
Eltham
Erith
Eynsford
Farleigh, East
Farleigh, West
Farnborough
Farningham
Fawkham
Five Oak Green
Foots Cray
Fordcombe
Forest Hill
Four Elms
Frant
Frindsbury
Gillingham
Grain
Gravesend
Green St Green
Greenhithe
Greenwich
Groombridge
Grove Park
Hadlow
Halling
Halstead
Hartley
Hatcham
Hayes
Hever
Hextable
High Halstow
Higham
Hildenborough
Hither Green
Honor Oak Park
Hoo Allhallows
Hoo St Mary
Hoo St Werburgh
Horsmonden
Horton Kirby
Hunton
Ide Hill
Ifield
Ightham
Isle of Grain
Kemsing
Keston
Kidbrooke
Kingsdown
Kippington
Knockholt
Lamberhurst
Lamorbey
Langton Green
Larkfield
Lee
Leigh
Lewisham
Leybourne
Lidsing
Longfield
Luddesdown
Lullingstone
Luton
Malling, East
Malling, West
Mark Beech
Matfield
Meopham
Mereworth
Merston
Milton-next-Gravesend
Mottingham
Nettlestead
New Cross
New Hythe
North Cray
Northfleet
Nursted
Offham
Orpington
Otford
Paddock Wood
Peckham, East
Peckham, West
Pembury
Penge
Penshurst
Perry Street
Plaistow
Platt
Plaxtol
Plumstead
Ridley
Riverhead
Rochester
Rosherville
Rusthall
Ruxley
Ryarsh
Seal
Seal Chart
Sevenoaks
Shipbourne
Shooters Hill
Shoreham
Shorne
Shortlands
Sidcup
Singlewell
Slade Green
Snodland
South Darenth
Southborough
Southend
Southfleet
Speldhurst
St Mary Cray
St Mary Hoo
St Paul's Cray
St Werburgh Hoo
Stansted
Stoke
Stone-next-Dartford
Strood
Sundridge
Sutton-at-Hone
Swanley
Swanscombe
Sydenham
Teston
Tonbridge
Trottiscliffe
Tudeley
Tunbridge Wells
Underriver
Upnor
Wateringbury
Weald
Welling
West Barming
West Farleigh
West Kingsdown
West Malling
West Peckham
West Wickham
Westcombe Park
Westerham
Wickham, East
Wickham, West
Wilmington
Woodlands
Woolwich
Wouldham
Wrotham
Yalding

The geographical coverage includes all the parishes found within the original boundaries of the diocese of Rochester, i.e. those prevailing up to 1845. Until this date the diocese extended from the River Thames in the north and the Surrey border in the west to Sussex in the south and to a boundary in the east approximating to the River Medway.

The following is a guide to the headings used on each Parish page:

For many of the non-conformist chapels we have been unable to establish whether registers have survived, or if so, where they are now held. These chapels have been included for the sake of completeness, with the words No Information.

For the sources used in compiling the Gazetteer pages, see Sources.