Wingham, Kent Family History Guide

Wingham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1568
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1571

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Elmstone
  • Adisham
  • Ickham
  • Goodnestone
  • West Marsh
  • Stourmouth
  • Staple
  • Wickhambreaux
  • Preston

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WINGHAM, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Kent. The village stands 2¼ miles NNE of Adisham r. station, and 6 E by S of Canterbury; was the meeting-place, in the 23d year of Edward I., of the clergy for sending members to parliament; was once a market-town; gives the title of Baron to Earl Cowper; is a seat of petty-sessions; and has a post-office under Sandwich, an inn, and fairs on 12 May and 12 Nov. The parish comprises 2,641 acres. Real property, £7,872. Pop., 1,060. Houses, 236. The manor belongs to Sir H. Oxenden, Bart. A palace of the archbishops of Canterbury stood here; and was visited by Edward I., Edward II., and Edward III. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £114. Patron, N. Bridges, Esq. The church is decorated and later English; has a tower and spire; and was once collegiate. There are Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £5. Bishop Hen de Wengeham was a native. The sub-district contains six parishes and a part, and is in Eastry district. Acres, 8,447. Pop., 2,878. Houses, 619. The hundred contains 5 parishes, and is in St. Augustine lathe. Acres, 16,467. Pop. in 1851, 4,702. house s, 926.

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: Eastry
Probate Court: Pre-1547 - Court of the Exempt Jurisdiction of Wingham, Post-1546 - Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - None, 1845-1873 - Bridge, Post-1872 - East Bridge
Poor Law Union: Eastry
Hundred: Wingham
Province: Canterbury