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Kent Registration Districts in 1837

When civil registration began in July 1837 the Registration Districts were based on the Poor-law Unions; groups of parishes based around a workhouse. In time these districts became Urban or Rural Sanitary Districts (USD or RSD) and then Urban or Rural District Council areas (UD or RD) alongside long standing Borough and City Councils.

There have been a number of boundary changes over the years, but for family history research the most significant changes were 1889 when the County Councils were formed and parts of north-east Kent became part of London, and more recently 1997 when Medway became a Unitary Authority, independant of Kent County Council.

Map of 1834 Poor Law Unions / 1837 Registration Districts
Map of current District Council areas in Kent


Old Kent Registration Districts and their constituant parishes

Blean Cranbrook Eastry Greenwich Maidstone North Aylesford Sheppey Ticehurst
Bridge Dartford Elham Hollingbourne Malling Romney Marsh Strood Tonbridge
Bromley Dover Faversham Hoo Medway Rye Tenterden West Ashford
Canterbury East Ashford Gravesend Lewisham Milton Sevenoaks Thanet Woolwich


Blean RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells

Blean St. Cosmas & St. Damian
Chislet St. Mary the Virgin
Hackington St. Stephen
Herne St. Martin
Hoath Holy Cross
Reculver St. Mary
Seasalter St. Alphege
Staplegate (extra parochial, no church)
Sturry St. Nicholas
Swalecliffe St. John the Baptist
Westbere All Saints
Whitstable All Saints

Bridge RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells        

Adisham Holy Innocents
Barham St. John the Baptist
Bekesbourne St. Peter
Bishopsbourne St. Mary & St. Nicholas
Bridge St. Peter
Chartham St. Mary
Fordwich St. Mary
Harbledown St. Nicholas
Ickham St. John
Kingston St. Giles
Littlebourne St. Vincent
Lower Hardres St. Mary
Milton by Canterbury St. Nicholas
Nackington St. Mary
Patrixbourne St. Mary
Petham All Saints
Stodmarsh St. Mary
Thanington St. Nicholas
Upper Hardres St. Peter & St. Paul
Waltham St. Bartholomew
Wickhambreaux St. Andrew
Womenswold St. Margaret

Bromley RD  Now part of Greater London, records kept at Bromley Register Office                                        

Beckenham St. George
Bromley St. Peter & St. Paul
Chelsfield St. Martin of Tours
Chislehurst St. Nicholas
Cudham St. Peter & St. Paul
Downe St. Mary the Virgin
Farnborough St. Giles
Foots Cray All Saints
Hayes St. Mary
Keston (no dedication)
Knockholt St. Catherine
North Cray St. James
Orpington All Saints
Sidcup Christ Church
St. Mary Cray St. Mary
St. Pauls Cray St. Paulinus
West Wickham St. John the Baptist

Canterbury RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells          

Canterbury All Saints All Saints
Canterbury Holy Cross Holy Cross
Canterbury Mary Magdalen St Mary Magdalen
Canterbury St. Andrew St. Andrew
Canterbury St. Margaret St. Margaret
Canterbury St. Martin St. Martin
Canterbury St. Mary Bredin St. Mary
Canterbury St. Mary Northgate St. Mary
Canterbury St. Paul St. Paul
Canterbury St. Peter St. Peter

Cranbrook RD  Records now kept at tunbridge Wells                

Benenden St. George
Cranbrook St. Dunstan
Frittenden St. Mary
Goudhurst St. Mary
Hawkhurst St. Lawrence
Sandhurst St. Nicholas

Dartford RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                    

Ash next Ridley St. Peter & St. Paul
Bexley St. Mary
Crayford St. Paulinus
Darenth St. Margaret
Dartford Holy Trinity
East Wickham St. Michael
Erith St. John the Baptist
Eynsford St. Martin
Farningham St. Peter & St. Paul
Fawkham St. Mary
Hartley All Saints
Horton Kirby St. Mary
Kingsdown St. Edmund
Longfield St. Mary
Lullingstone St. Botolph
Ridley St. Peter
Southfleet St. Nicholas
Stone next Dartford St. Mary
Sutton at Hone St. John the Baptist
Swanscombe St. Peter & St. Paul
Wilmington St. Michael & All Angels

Dover  RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                            

Alkham St. Anthony
Buckland (nr Dover) St. Andrew
Capel-le-Ferne St. Mary
Charlton (nr Dover) St. Peter & St. Paul
Coldred St. Pancras
Denton St. Mary
Dover (St. James) St. James
Dover (St. Mary in the Castle) St Mary
Dover (St. Mary) St. Mary the Virgin
East Cliffe (extra parochial)
East Langdon St. Augustine
Ewell St. Peter & St. Paul
Guston St. Martin
Hougham St. Lawrence
Lydden St. Mary
Oxney (no church)
Poulton (no church)
Ringwould St. Nicholas
River St. Peter
Sibertswold St. Andrew
St. Margaret's at Cliffe St. Margaret
West Cliffe St. Peter
West Langdon St. Mary
Whitfield St. Peter
Wootton St. Martin

East Ashford RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                  

Aldington St. Martin
Bilsington St. Peter & St. Paul
Bircholt St. Margaret
Bonnington St. Rumwold
Boughton Aluph All Saints
Brabourne St. Mary
Brook St. Mary
Challock St. Cosmas & St Damian
Chilham St. Mary
Crundale St. Mary
Eastwell St. Mary
Godmersham St. Lawrence
Hastingleigh St. Mary
Hinxhill St. Mary
Hurst (no church)
Kennington St. Mary
Mersham St. John the Baptist
Molash St. Peter
Orlestone St. Mary
Ruckinge St. Mary Magdelene
Sevington St. Mary
Smeeth St. Mary
Warehorne St. Matthew
Willesborough St. Mary
Wye St. Gregory & St. Martin

Eastry RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                         

Ash by Wingham St. Nicholas
Barfreston St. Nicholas
Betteshanger St. Mary
Chillenden All Saints
Deal St. Leonard
Eastry St. Mary the Blessed Virgin
Elmstone unknown
Eythorne St. Peter & St. Paul
Goodnestone (nr Dover) Holy Cross
Great Mongeham St. Martin
Ham St. Augustine
Knowlton St. Clement
Little Mongeham (no church)
Nonington St. Mary
Northbourne St. Augustine
Preston by Wingham St. Mildred
Ripple St. Mary
Sandwich (St. Clement) St. Clement
Sandwich (St. Mary) St. Mary
Sandwich (St. Peter) St. Peter
Shoulden St. Nicholas
Staple St. James
Stourmouth All Saints
Sutton (Dover) St. Peter & St. Paul
Tilmanstone St. Andrew
Waldershare All Saints
Walmer St. Mary
Wingham St. Mary the Virgin
Woodnesborough St. Mary
Worth St. Peter & St. Paul

Elham RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                            

Acrise St. Martin
Cheriton St. Martin
Elham St. Mary the Virgin
Elmsted St. James the Great
Folkestone St. Mary & St. Eanswyth
Hawkinge St. Michael
Hythe St. Leonard
Lyminge Saint Mary & St. Eadburga
Lympne St. Stephen
Monks Horton St. Peter
Newington-next-Hythe St. Nicholas
Paddlesworth St. Oswald
Postling St. Mary & St. Radegund
Saltwood St. Peter & St. Paul
Sellindge St. Mary
Stanford All Saints
Stelling St. Mary
Stowting St. Mary
Swingfield St. Peter

Faversham RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                 

Badlesmere St. Leonard
Boughton under Blean St. Peter & St. Paul
Buckland (nr Faversham) (no church)
Davington St. Mary Magdalene
Doddington The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Dunkirk Christ Church
Eastling St. Mary
Faversham St. Mary of Charity
Goodnestone (nr Faversham) St. Bartholomew
Graveney All Saints
Hernhill St. Michael
Leaveland St. Laurence
Luddenham St. Mary
Lynsted St. Peter & St. Paul
Newnham St. Peter & St. Paul
Norton St. Mary
Oare St. Peter
Ospringe St. Peter & St. Paul
Preston (nr Faversham) St. Catherine
Selling St. Mary
Sheldwich St. James
Stalisfield St. Mary
Stone near Faversham St. Mary
Teynham St. Mary
Throwley St. Michael & All Saints

Gravesend RD Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                 

Milton-next-Gravesend St. Peter & St. Paul
Gravesend St. George

Greenwich RD  Now part of Greater London, records kept at Greenwich Register Office

Deptford St. Nicholas St. Nicholas
Deptford St. Paul St. Paul
Greenwich St. Alphege
Hatcham St Catherine
Woolwich (pre 1868) St. Mary Magdelene

Hollingbourne RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells

Bicknor St. James
Boughton Malherbe St. Nicholas
Boxley St. Mary the Virgin & All Saints
Bredhurst St. Peter
Broomfield St. Margaret
Chart Sutton St. Michael
Detling St. Martin
East Sutton St. Peter & St. Paul
Frinsted St. Dunstan
Harrietsham St. John the Baptist
Headcorn Saint Peter & St. Paul
Hollingbourne All Saints
Hucking St. Margaret
Langley St. Mary
Leeds St. Nicholas
Lenham St. Mary
Otterden St. Laurence
Stockbury St. Mary Magdelene
Sutton Valence St. Mary
Thurnham St. Mary the Virgin
Ulcombe All Saints
Wormshill St. Giles
Wychling St. Margaret

Hoo RD  Records now kept at Medway Register Office: Unitary Authority 

Cooling St. James
Grain St. James
High Halstow St. Margaret
Hoo Allhallows All Saints
Hoo St. Mary St. Mary
Hoo St. Werbergh St. Werburgh
Stoke St. Peter

Lewisham RD  Now part of Greater London, records kept at Lewisham Register Office                                             

Charlton (until 1868) St Luke
Eltham St. John the Baptist
Lee St. Margaret
Lewisham St. Mary
Plumstead (until 1868) St. Margaret

Maidstone RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                   

Bearsted Holy Cross
Boughton Monchelsea St. Peter
East Barming St. Margaret
East Farleigh St. Mary
Hunton St. Mary
Linton St. Nicholas
Loose All Saints
Maidstone Holy Trinity
Marden St. Michael
Nettlestead St. Mary
Otham St. Nicholas
Staplehurst All Saints
Teston St. Peter & St. Paul
West Barming see Nettlestead (no church)
West Farleigh All Saints
Yalding St. Peter & St. Paul

Malling RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                       

Addington St. Margaret of Antioch
Allington St. Lawrence
Aylesford St. Peter
Birling All Saints
Burham St. Mary
Ditton St. Peter
East Malling St. James
East Peckham St. Michael
Ightham St. Peter
Leybourne St. Peter & St. Paul
Mereworth St. Lawrence
Offham St. Mildred
Plaxtol No Dedication
Ryarsh St. Martin
Shipbourne St. Giles
Snodland All Saints
Stansted St. Mary
Trottiscliffe St. Peter & St. Paul
Wateringbury St. John the Baptist
West Malling St. Mary
West Peckham St. Dunstan
Wouldham All Saints
Wrotham St. George

Medway RD  Records now kept at Medway Register  Office: Unitary Authority

Chatham St. Mary
Gillingham St. Mary Magdelene
Grange St. James
Rochester Cathedral - St. Margaret
Rochester Cathedral - St. Nicholas

Milton RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                     

Bapchild St. Lawrence
Bobbing St. Bartholomew
Borden St. Peter & St. Paul
Bredgar St. John the Baptist
Hartlip St. Michael
Iwade All Saints
Kingsdown (Sittingbourne) St. Catherine
Lower Halstow St. Margaret
Milstead St. Mary & Holy Cross
Milton Regis Holy Trinity
Murston All Saints
Newington (nr Sittingbourne) St. Mary
Rainham St. Margaret
Rodmersham St. Nicholas
Sittingbourne St. Michael
Tonge St. Giles
Tunstall St. John the Baptist
Upchurch St. Mary

North Aylesford RD (renamed Strood in 1884)  Most records now kept at Tunbridge Wells,
those marked * kept at Medway Register Office: Unitary Authority

Chalk St. Mary
*Cliffe St. Helen
Cobham St. Mary Magdalen
*Cuxton St. Michael
Denton see Gravesend (no church)
*Frindsbury All Saints
*Halling St. John the Baptist
*Higham St. Mary
Ifield St. Margaret
Luddesdown St. Peter & St. Paul
Meopham St. John the Baptist
Northfleet St. Botolph
Nurstead St. Mildred
Shorne St. Peter & St. Paul
*Strood St. Nicholas

Romney Marsh RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells               

Blackmanstone (no church)
Brenzett St. Eanswith
Brookland St. Augustine
Burmarsh All Saints
Dymchurch St. Peter & St. Paul
Eastbridge (no church)
Fairfield St. Thomas Becket
Hope All Saints
Ivychurch St. George
Lydd St. Mary
Midley (no church)
New Romney St. Nicholas
Newchurch St. Peter & St. Paul
Old Romney St. Clement
Orgarswick (no church)
Snargate St. Dunstan
Snave St. Augustine
St. Mary in the Marsh St. Mary
West Hythe St. Mary

Rye  One Kent parish, others in Sussex                                                    

Broomhill (no church)

Sevenoaks RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells       

Brasted St. Martin
Chevening St. Botolph
Chiddingstone St. Mary
Cowden St. Mary Magdalen
Dunton Green St John the Divine
Edenbridge St. Peter & St. Paul
Halstead St. Margaret
Hever St. Peter
Ide Hill St Mary
Kemsing St. Mary
Leigh St. Mary
Otford St. Bartholomew
Penshurst St. John
Riverhead St. Mary the Virgin
Seal St. Peter & St. Paul
Sevenoaks St. Nicholas
Shoreham St. Peter & St. Paul
Sundridge St. Mary
Westerham St. Mary the Virgin

Sheppey RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells              

Eastchurch All Saints
Elmley St. James
Harty St. Thomas
Leysdown St. Clement
Minster in Sheppey St. Mary & St. Sexburga
Queenborough Holy Trinity
Sheerness Holy Trinity
Warden St. James

Tenterden RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                     

Appledore St. Peter & St. Paul
Biddenden All Saints
Ebony St. Mary the Virgin
High Halden St. Mary
Kenardington St. Mary
Newenden St. Peter
Rolvenden St. Mary
Stone in Oxney St. Mary
Tenterden St. Mildred
Wittersham St. John the Baptist
Woodchurch All Saints

Thanet RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                   

Acol St. Nicholas
Birchington All Saints
Broadstairs - Thanet St Peter St Peter
Margate - Thanet St. John St John
Minster in Thanet St. Mary
Monkton St. Mary Magdelene
Ramsgate - Thanet St. Lawrence St Lawrence
Sarre, see St. Nicholas at Wade St Nicholas
St. John the Baptist (Margate) St. John the Baptist
St. Lawrence in Thanet St. Lawrence
St. Nicholas at Wade St. Nicholas
Stonar (no church)
Westgate see Thanet St John St John

Ticehurst RD  Two Kent parishes, records kept at Tunbridge Wells, others in Sussex                                       

Frant St Alban
Lamberhurst St. Mary

Tonbridge RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells       

Ashurst St. Martin of Tours
Bidborough St. Lawrence
Brenchley All Saints
Capel St. Thomas a Beckett
Hadlow St. Mary
Horsmonden St. Margaret
Pembury St. Peter
Southborough St. Peter
Speldhurst St. Mary
Tonbridge St. Peter & St. Paul
Tudeley All Saints
Tunbridge Wells St. Charles the Martyr

West Ashford RD  Records now kept at Tunbridge Wells                  

Ashford St. Mary the Virgin
Bethersden St. Margaret
Charing St. Peter & St. Paul
Egerton St. James
Great Chart St. Mary the Virgin
Hothfield St. Mary
Kingsnorth St. Michael
Little Chart St. Mary
Pluckley St. Nicholas
Shadoxhurst St. Peter & St. Paul
Smarden St. Michael
Westwell St. Mary

Woolwich RD  Now part of Greater London, records kept at Greenwich Register Office

Charlton (after 1868) St. Luke
Plumstead (after 1868) St. Margaret
Woolwich (after 1868) St. Mary Magdelene

Current Register Offices:

There are still local Register Offices in all the main towns in Kent for registration of current births and deaths and for marriages,
but all the old registers for the current KCC area are now held at, and certificates can be obtained from:
The Mansion House
39 Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Tel: 08458 247400

Medway Council hold all the old registers for the current Medway Unitary Authority area. Certificates are available from
Medway Register Office
Tel: 01634 338899

The parts of historic Kent which are now London Boroughs now hold their own registers and certificates can be obtained from the appropriate local office.

Bromley Register Office
Civic Centre
Stockwell Close
Tel: 020 8313 4666
Greenwich Register Office
Town Hall
Wellington Street
SE18 6PW
Tel: 020 8921 4377
Lewisham Register Office
368 Lewisham High Street
SE13 6LQ
Tel: 020 8690 2128

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