Westerham, Kent Family History Guide

Westerham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Other places in the parish include: Crockham Hill and Crockham.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1716

Separate registers exist for Crockham Hill

  • Parish registers: 1845
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Brasted
  • Tatsfield
  • Limpsfield
  • Cudham
  • Hever
  • Edenbridge

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WESTERHAM, a small town, a parish, and a hundred, in Kent. The town stands on a gentle acclivity, 4¼ miles N of Edenbridge r. station, and 5½ W of Sevenoaks; was the birthplace of the martyr Frith, Bishop Hoadley, and General Wolfe; is a pleasant place; and has a post-office under Edenbridge, a hotel, a public hall and corn-market built in 1866, a fine large later English church, an Independent chapel, a literary institution and reading room, a national school, charities £30, a weekly market on Wednesday, and a fair on 3 May. Pop., 1,651. The parish includes Crockham hamlet, is in Sevenoaks district, and comprises 5,676 acres. Real property, £11,303. Pop., 2,196. Houses, 431. The manor was given by Edward I., to Westminster abbey; passed to the Greshams and the Wardes; and, with Squerryes Court, belongs now to Colonel G. Warde. Dunsdale is the seat of J. Kitchin, Esq. Landslips occurred in greens and hills here in 1596 and 1756. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £450. Patron, J. Board, Esq. The p. curacy of Crockham is a separate benefice. The hundred consists of W. and Edenbridge parishes.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Kent
Civil Registration District: Sevenoaks
Probate Court: Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester, Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Diocese: Pre-1845 - Rochester, Post-1844 - Canterbury
Rural Deanery: 1844-1855 - Malling, 1855-1901 - Shoreham
Poor Law Union: Sevenoaks
Hundred: Westerham
Province: Canterbury