Wye, Kent Family History Guide

Wye is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1566

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Mersham
  • Chilham
  • Brook
  • Crundale
  • Molash
  • Brabourne
  • Challock
  • Boughton Aluph
  • Godmersham
  • Elmsted
  • Kennington
  • Hinxhill
  • Hastingleigh
  • Petham with Waltham

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WYE, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Kent. The village stands on the river Stour, adjacent to the Canterbury and Ramsgate railway, under W. Downs, 4 miles NNE of Ashford; was once a market-town; consists of two parallel streets, crossed by two others; and has a post-office under Ashford, a r. station with telegraph, and fairs on 29 May and 11 Oct. The parish comprises 7,282 acres. Real property, £10,216. Pop., 1,594. Houses, 322. The manor belonged to the Saxon kings; was given, by William the Conqueror, to Battle abbey; went, after the dissolution of monasteries, to the Hunsdons; and passed, in 1628, to the Finches. W. Downs command a fine view. A mineral spring is at Withersdane. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £70. Patron, the Earl of Winchelsea. The church is large and handsome, and has a nave of the time of Henry VI., and a chancel and a tower of 1706. A college was founded in 1447; and is now partly a grammar-school, with £16 a year from endowment, and partly a charity school for about 50 boys and 60 girls. There are general charities £200. Archbishop Kempe and Mrs. Macaulay were natives. The sub-district contains 11 parishes, and is in East Ashford district. Acres, 27,336. Pop., 5,767. Houses, 1,141. The hundred contains 4 parishes and a part, and is in Shepway lathe. Acres, 12,763. Pop. in 1851, 2,733. Houses, 489.

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 - Bridge, Post-1872 - East Bridge
Poor Law Union: East Ashford
Hundred: Wye
Province: Canterbury