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Guide to Speldhurst, Kent family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Speldhurst, Kent
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Speldhurst St Mary Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Washlingstone
County Kent
Poor Law Union Tonbridge PLU
Registration District Tunbridge
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538; Separate registers exist for Groombridge beginning 1777
Bishop's Transcripts: 1716
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Malling
Diocese Pre-1845 - Rochester; Post-1844 - Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester; Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office


Parish History

Speldhurst is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent Speldhurst Wikipedia

Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin was an Ancient Parish and included part of Tunbridge Wells town, also Groombridge chapel, Rusthall and Langton Green; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you

The church of St Mary the Virgin has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

See Speldhurst North West Kent Family History Society for other places of worship and Speldhurst St Mary the Virginand Kent Churches website

See also Groombridge St John the Evangelist See Kent Archeology Society and Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 275-300. Date accessed: 7 November 2013. at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The chapel of St John the Evangelist can be located at A church near you

The chapel of St John the Evangelist Groombridge Hill has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

Rusthall St Paul is a parish formed from this parish and a map of the parish boundary (Including the location of the Rusthall St Paul Church Centre is available at A church near you and Kent Churches website

Langton Green All Saints Groombridge Hill also developed from this parish; a map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you See Kent Churches website

The church of All Saints Langton Green has been designated as a grade II* listed building British listed building

Here is an important jurisdictional perspective by Samuel A. Lewis -

SPELDHURST (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Tonbridge, partly in the hundred of Somerden, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, but chiefly in the hundred of Washlingstone, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent. There is a private chapel at Groombridge, built in 1625; also a chapel on the boundary line dividing this parish from that of Tonbridge. [1]


Civil Registration

See Tonbridge Registration District

Kent County Council (KCC) has a certificate centre at the Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells which holds all the completed registers for Kent since 1 July 1837 and can supply a certified copy of any Kent birth, death or marriage entry from any register within its custody or a Kent civil partnership registration from the government online database.

The Mansion House
(Certificate Centre)
Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1EP

Birth, 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.

Church records

Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[4]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[5]
Speldhurst St Mary the Virgin Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1716-1862, 1864, 1880, 1882-1888

FS BTs 1716-1887 1716-1887 1716-1887
FS PRs 1538-1900 1538-1777, 1813-1867; 1754-1896 (banns) 1538-1812
IGI 1862-1889

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Speldhurst Langton Green parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Speldhurst Langton Green Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS BTs 1898-1904

Land Tax

Images for Speldhurst available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1832

Census records

Census returns for Speldhurst 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
[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

Poor Law Unions

Tonbridge Poor Law Union, Kent

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)

Local Family History Centre

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.



  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 156-159. Date accessed: 20 May 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  4. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
  5. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 13 November 2013.


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