Chartham, Kent Family History Guide

Chartham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Other places in the parish include: Chartham-Hatch, Shalmsford-Street, and Horton.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1565

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Chilham
  • Nackington
  • Thanington
  • Harbledown
  • Petham with Waltham
  • Milton
  • Dunkirk

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHARTHAM, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Bridge district, Kent. The village stands on the river Stour and the South-eastern railway, 3½ miles SW of Canterbury; and has a r. station, and a post office under Canterbury. It was known at Domesday as Certeham; it occupies a low site, round a green; and it contains a house built by Dr. Delangle, a French refugee who became rector here, and marked by a bust of Charles II. The parish includes also Horton, consisting of 399 acres, and the hamlets of Chartham-Hatch and Shalmsford-Street. Acres, 4,530. Real property, £6,672. Pop., 1,094. Houses, 242. The property is much subdivided. The manor was given, in 871, to Christ Church, Canterbury; belongs now to the Chapter there; and is still called the Deanery. Chartham downs, above the village, have remains of a number of tumuli, called Danes' Banks; and are marked by lines of ancient entrenchments. One of the earliest discoveries of great fossil bones, giving rise to the modern science of palæontology, was made, in 1668, at Chartham, in the sinking of a well. A large paper mill is at the back of the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £800. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is cruciform, variously early and decorated English; has rare and very beautiful tracery in the windows, and an embattled tower at the west end; and contains brasses, monumental slabs, a monument of Dr. Deangle, and an elaborate monument, by Rysbrach, of Sir William Young. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The subdistrict contains nine parishes, part of another, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 18,523. Pop., 5,020. Houses, 1,051.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


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County: Kent
Civil Registration District: Bridge
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Diocese: Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Pre-1873 - Bridge, Post-1872 - West Bridge
Poor Law Union: Bridge
Hundred: Felborough; Westgate
Province: Canterbury