Chilham, Kent Family History Guide

Chilham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent. Molash is a chapelry of Chilham.

Alternative names: Chilleham

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1563

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Molash
  • Selling
  • Chartham
  • Wye
  • Sheldwich
  • Godmersham
  • Petham with Waltham
  • Dunkirk

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHILHAM, a village and a parish in East Ashford district, Kent. The village stands near the river Stour and the Ramsgate and Hastings railway, 6 ½ miles SW by S of Canterbury; is the Cilleham of the Saxons; was once a market-town; and has a station on the railway, a post-office under Canterbury, and a fair on 8 Nov. The parish comprises 4,332 acres. Real property. £7,502. Pop., 1,319. Houses, 256. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Saxon kings of Kent; was given by the Conqueror to Fulbert, who assumed the name of De Dover; passed to the Badlesmeres and others; went, in the time of Edward VI., to Sir Thomas Cheney; went again, at the beginning of the 17th century, to Sir Dudley Digges; passed to the Colebrooks, the Herons, and the Wildmans; and was bought, in 1862, by C., Hardy, Esq. A Roman castrum was here, and is said to have been the residence of Lucius, the Brito-Roman king; a castle of the Saxon kings succeeded the castrum, was renovated after the Conquest, and underwent demolition by Sir Thomas Cheney; and a mansion, in lieu of this, was built by Sir W. Digges, is still standing, and forms a fine specimen of Jacobean architecture. The castle was surrounded by a deep fosse, enclosing about 8 acres; and the remains of it include a late Norman octagonal, three-storey keep. Many Roman relics, of various kinds, have been found here; and a great barrow or artificial mound, popularly called Julaber's Grave, the subject of much dispute among antiquaries, is immediately above the railway station. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Molash, in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £698.  Patron, Charles Hardy, Esq. The church is decorated English, with a later clerestory; was rebuilt, in the E part, in 1863; belonged anciently to Throwleigh priory, afterwards to Sion monastery; and contains monuments of the Diggeses, the Colebrooks, and the Wildmans. There are a national school, and charities £37.

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: East Ashford
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Diocese: Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Pre-1873 - Bridge, Post-1872 - West Bridge
Poor Law Union: East Ashford
Hundred: Felborough
Province: Canterbury