Willesborough, Kent Family History Guide

Willesborough is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Other places in the parish include: Alfredtown and Aylesford.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1564

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Mersham
  • Sevington
  • Kennington
  • Hinxhill
  • Kingsnorth
  • Ashford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WILLESBOROUGH, a village and a parish in East Ashford district, Kent. The village stands 1¾ mile E of Ashford r. station; and has a post-office under Ashford, and a fair on Whit-Tuesday. The parish includes Aylesford hamlet, and part of Ashford-Newtown, called Alfred-Town; and contains East Ashford workhouse. Acres, 1,457. Real property, £5,302; of which £20 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,022; in 1861, 1,780, of whom 148 were in the workhouse. Houses, 320. The increase of pop. was caused by the erection, at Alfred-Town, of a railway factory for engines and carriages, and of houses for the accommodation of the workmen. The property is subdivided. Sportlands, Court Lodge, and Street End House are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £182. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter ofThe church is decorated English. There is a national school.

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 Archdeaconry of Canterbury
Diocese: Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Pre-1873 - Lympne, Post-1872 - North Lympne
Poor Law Union: East Ashford
Hundred: Chart and Longbridge
Province: Canterbury