Cheriton, Kent Genealogy

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

Parish History

CHERITON (St. Martin), a parish, in the union of Elham, hundred of Folkestone, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 1 mile (W. N. W.) from Sandgate. Cheriton is a district of Folkestone and includes the terminal for the Channel tunnel. Cheriton Wikipedia

Cheriton was a civil parish from 1894 to 1898 when it was part of Elham Rural district and became a separate urban district. In 1934 this was abolished by a County review order and partly divided between Hythe and Folkestone.[1]

Cheriton St Martin is the original parish church of the Ancient Parish which now serves as the church for Shorncliffe Camp which includes Sir John Moore Barracks, Napier Barracks and Risbourgh Barracks.

The Parish Church of St Martin, Horn Street Cheriton Folkestone has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See also Kent Archeological Service and The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 188-197. at British History Online

All Souls Church was consecrated in January 1895 and was formed as an Ecclesiastical Parish within the Ancient parish see Church website short history and All Sould Church Cheriton

The church of All Souls, Cheriton High Street/Quested Road Folkestone has been designated as a grade C listed building.

Other places of worship in Cheriton include:

Cheriton Baptist Church High St Cheriton Folkestone see Cheriton Baptist Church history and the church website. See also Cheriton Baptist Church

St Joseph Roman Catholic Church Ashley Avenue St Joseph Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Chapel of the Most Holy Name, Sir John Moore Barracks, North Road, Folkestone dates from 1966 and  has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

Here is an important jurisdictional perspective by Samuel A. Lewis. CHERITON (St. Martin), a parish, in the union of Elham, hundred of Folkestone, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 1 mile (W. N. W.) from Sandgate; containing 1178 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises 1788a. 2r. 28p., and includes the principal portion of the chapelry of Sandgate, is intersected by the South-Eastern railway, and the Grand Military canal.[2]


Civil Registration

See Elham Registration District Folkestone 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

Cheriton, Kent Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[3][4][5]
Cheriton, Kent Genealogy Parish Online Records


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FMP 1725-1912 1725-1912 1895-1905 (Banns) 1895-1905 (Banns) 1725-1812 1725-1812

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

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. 

Poor Law Unions

Elham 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

Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 569-576. Date accessed: 15 July 2013.
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 569-576. Date accessed: 17 April 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
  4. 'Canterbury banns coverage', Find My Past, accessed 11 November 2013.
  5. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.