Westwell, Kent Family History Guide

Westwell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include: Protestant Dissenters and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Hothfield
  • Charing
  • Throwley
  • Challock
  • Eastwell
  • Boughton Aluph
  • Little Chart
  • Ashford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WESTWELL, a village and a parish in West Ashford district, Kent. The village stands 3¾ miles N by W of Ashford r. station; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Ashford. The parish includes two hamlets, contains West Ashford workhouse, and comprises 5,199 acres. Real property, £5,933. Pop., 999. Houses, 186. The manor belonged to Christchurch, Canterbury; and passed to the Tuftons. Ripley Court was the seat of the Tuftons, but is now a farmhouse. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £300. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is partly early English, and has a tower and spire. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £27.

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: East Ashford
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - None, 1845-1864 - Canterbury, Post-1863 - East Charing
Poor Law Union: West Ashford
Hundred: Calehill; Wye
Province: Canterbury