Wrotham, Kent Family History Guide

Wrotham is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Kent.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1784

Nonconformists include: Baptist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Stansted
  • Seal
  • Platt
  • Shipbourne
  • Ightham
  • Ash
  • Plaxtol

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WROTHAM, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Kent. The town stands at the foot of chalk hills, 6 miles EN E of Sevenoaks r. station; was known, at Domesday, as Broteham; is supposed to date from the time of the ancient Britons; was given, by Athelstane, to Christchurch, Canterbury; had a palace of the Archbishops, now represented by only a few offices; suffered devastation by the Isleys and their party, in Sir Thomas Wyatt's rebellion; was formerly a market-town; and now has a post-office‡ under Sevenoaks, a banking office, a good inn, a market on the fifth Tuesday of every month which has a fifth Tuesday, and a fair on 4 May. The parish includes several hamlets, and comprises 8,878 acres. Real property, £11,873. Pop. in 1851, 3,184; in 1861, 3,336. Houses, 650. The property is much subdivided. There are several good residences. W. hill, near the town, command s a superb view. The Isleys and their party were routed at Blacksole Field. The living is a rectory and a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £1,000. Patron, the Archbishop. The church is partly early English, and was restored in 1863. The rectory of Plaxtole, the vicarage of Platt, and the vicarage of Woodland s are separate benefices. There are a Baptist chapel, national schools, alms houses with £168 a year, and other charities £17. The sub-district contains 6 parishes, and is in Malling district. Acres, 16,183. Pop, 5,857. Houses, 1,143. The hundred contains 4 parishes, and is in Aylesford lathe. Acres, 15,280. Pop. in 1851, 5,187. Houses, 1,017.

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: Malling
Probate Court: Pre-1845 - Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deaneries of the Arches, Croydon and Shoreham, Post-1844 - Search the courts of surrounding parishes
Diocese: Pre-1845 - Rochester, Post-1844 - Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Shoreham
Poor Law Union: Malling
Hundred: Wrotham
Province: Canterbury