Speldhurst

OS Grid Reference: TQ5541
The 1841 population was 2,753

Administrative Units

Speldhurst fell within the Hundred of Washlingstone. Its 19th century Registration District & Poor Law Union was Tonbridge.
Probate Jurisdiction was Rochester to 1845, PCC 1846-57.

Speldhurst parish included part of Tunbridge Wells town, also Groombridge chapel, Rusthall and Langton Green.

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

Speldhurst Map North West Kent Family History Society

Church and Chapels (pre 1910)

Speldhurst, St Mary the Virgin

Church of England - Ancient Parish Church

Original Registers

These date from 1538.
St Mary the Virgin - Apr 1990
St Mary the Virgin Speldhurst North West Kent Family History Society

Groombridge, St John the Evangelist

Chapel of ease, built 1625.

Erected 1625 as a private chapel by John Packer of Groombridge Place.

Original Registers

These date from 1848.
St John the Evangelist - Aug 1998
St John the Evangelist Groombridge North West Kent Family History Society

Rusthall, St Paul, Rusthall Common

Church built 1849-50; parish created 1868 from Speldhurst St Mary.

Original Registers

These date from 1850.
St Paul - Jun 2000
St Paul Rusthall Groombridge North West Kent Family History Society

Langton Green, All Saints, Groombridge Hill

Church built 1862-3; parish created 1880 from Speldhurst St Mary.

Original Registers

These date from 1863.
All Saints - Jun 2000
All Saints Langton Green Groombridge North West Kent Family History Society

Church of England cont.

  • Evangelical Free Chapel: Northfields. (1886). No information on registers.

Wesleyan/Methodist

  • Wesleyan: Stonewall Park Rd, Langton green. Built 1871 (replaced earlier building?); closed cWWII. Original registers from 1849.