Chislehurst

OS Grid Reference: TQ4470
The 1841 population was 1,792

"Chislehurst is an extensive parish 3 miles east from Bromley, 11 south-east from London, .... in the lathe of Suttin-at-Hone, Hundred of Ruxley, and County court district of Bromley, situated on the high road from Bromley to the Crays. The historian and antiquary, Camden, chose this place for his retirement, and here he compiled his annals of Queen Elizabeth. In the park, attached to Camden House, may be seen that celebrated piece of architecture which is commonly styled the Lanthorn of Demosthenes, or choragic monument of Lysicrates. There are several other elegent seats in this neighbourhood, including those of Frognall, Lord Viscount Sydney's. The church is a fine structure, with spire and 6 bells, in the centre of the village, dedicated to St. Nicholas, with a monument to Sir Philip Warwick. ... Here are chapels for the Baptists and Wesleyans, and there are National and Infant schools. A pleasure fair is held here on the Wednesday and Thursday after Whit Sunday. .... The celebrated statesman Sir Francis Walsingham, was born at Chislehurst, and the great literary character, Prince Hoare, was buried here." 1852 directory.

Administrative Units

Chislehurst fell within the Hundred of Ruxley. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Bromley.
Probate Jurisdiction was Rochester to 1845, PCC 1846-57.
Chislehurst included part of the settlement of Sidcup.

 

See NWKFHS publications West Kent Sources and School Records for further information.

Chislehurst Kent Map North West Kent Family History Society

Census Publications

  • 1851 Name Index and Page Images published on CD-Rom as part of CD7 (Bromley Registration District).
  • 1851 Name Index (only) published on microfiche as part of Volume I (Bromley Registration District).
  • 1891 Transcript published on CD-Rom as part of CD2 (Bromley Registration District).


For ordering details see Census CD-ROMs on the Publication List page.

Church and Chapels (pre 1910)

Chislehurst, St Nicholas

Ancient Parish Church

Original Registers

These date from 1558.

Transcript published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. F38). See Parish Register Publications.

Memorial Inscriptions

Transcript published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. F38). See MI Publications.

St Nicholas - Sep 2005
St Nicholas Chislehurst North West Kent Family History Society

Chislehurst, Annunciation, High St

Church built 1868-70; parish created 1875 from St Nicholas.

Original Registers

These date from 1870.

Annunciation - Sep 1999
Annunciation Chislehurst North West Kent Family History Society

Chislehurst, Christ Church, Lubbock Rd

Church built 1871-2; parish created 1905 from Chislehurst St Nicholas & St George Bickley.

Original Registers

These date from 1872.

Christ Church - Sep 2006
Christ Church Chislehurst North West Kent Family History Society

Sidcup, St John the Evangelist, Church Rd

Church built 1841-4, rebuilt 1899; parish created 1843 from Chislehurst St Nicholas.

Original Registers

These date from 1844.

St John the Evangelist - Sep 1999
St John the Evangelist Sidcup Chislehurst North West Kent Family History Society

Church of England cont.

  • St John the Baptist: Mission church, Mill Place. Built 1886, closed 1938. No information on registers.

Roman Catholic: Chislehurst, St Mary, Hawkwood Lane

Church built 1854.

Original Registers

These date from 1855.

Memorial Inscriptions

Transcript published by NWKFHS (Microfiche Ref. F26). See MI Publications.

St Mary - Sep 2006
St Mary Chislehurst North West Kent Family History Society

Methodist: Chislehurst, Prince Imperial Rd

Built 1868-70.

Methodist - Sep 2006
Methodist Chislehurst North West Kent Family History Society