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Parish History

CHALK (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of North Aylesford, hundred of Shamwell, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 1¾ mile (E. S. E.) from Gravesend. [1]

Chalk is a village in the municipal borough of Gravesend in the Gravesham district of Kent, see Chalk, Kent Wikipedia <br> fckLRfckLRChalk St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish in the Gravesend district of Kent and Diocese of Rochester. fckLRfckLRThe church lies some distance from the village, and dates from the 12th century with later restoration and has been designated asa grade B listed building British Listed Building fckLRfckLRCharles Dickens spent his honeymoon here with Catherine Hogarth and wrote the early instalments of The Pickwick Papers here. The forge which has been designated as a listed building by English Heritage is the model for the cottage of Joe Gargery in Great Expectations.<br> fckLRfckLRSee Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 457-471 at British History Online and Kent Churches website<br> fckLRfckLR== Resources ==fckLRfckLR====

Civil Registration

North Aylesford Registration District fckLRfckLRStrood Registration District fckLRfckLRStrood and Hoo Registration District<br> fckLRfckLRBirth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD. fckLRfckLR====

Church records

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at<br>Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX<br>is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives<br> fckLRfckLRFamily History Library film numbers<br>Chalk <br><br> fckLRfckLR

Census records

Census Returns for Chalk 1841-1891

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[1] to locate local Family History Centres in UK

[2] to locate outside UK.Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns. Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable) The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives. The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.Find my Past 1911 census search

Poor Law Unions

North Aylesford Poor Law Union, Kent (renamed Strood)

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish. See England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records) Gillingham Family History Centre, Kent Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent RMaidstone Family History Centre, Kent *FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. :*Publication of the restricted access images England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records) and England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) means that it is advisable to telephone the centre to reserve a computer if you wish to view these

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.*England Jurisdictions 1851 *Vision of Britain

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 545-549. Date accessed: 8 July 2013.


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