Eltham St John the Baptist, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

ELTHAM (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Lewisham, hundred of Blackheath, lathe of Sutton-At-Hone, W. division of Kent, 8½ miles (S. E. by S.) from London.[1]

Eltham is a district in the London Borough of Greenwich Eltham Wikipedia

Eltham St John the Baptist is an Ancient Parish and market Town which included Mottingham within the parish boundary.

Eltham was a civil parish of Kent until 1889 when it became part of the County of London and from 1900 formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. The metropolitan borough was abolished in 1965 and Eltham then became part of the present-day London Borough of Greenwich.

There has been a succesion of churches on the site of the present church.

The church  was rebuilt in 1668 after the 1667 collapse of the nave during building work to create a vault. That church was demolished  and between 1872 and 1879 the present church was built and dedicated on the feast of St John the Baptist 24 June 1880.

The church of St John the Baptist has been designated as a grade C listed building British listed building

See Eltham North West Kent Family History Society for other places of worship and Eltham St John the Baptist and other Anglican parishes derived from this parish which include

Eltham Holy Trinity

Mottingham St Andrew See Mottingham North West Kent Family History Society for other places of Worship in Mottingham

New Eltham All Saints

Shooters Hill Northwest Kent Family History Society


Civil Registration

Mottingham is within  Bromley Registration district

See Bexley Registration District

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

Online Eltham St John the Baptist Parish Register Images and Indexes
1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[2]
1813-1879 Ancestry[3]

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1798-1830 (72% only); 1831-1846; 1867-1875 Batch (C067821) Marriages 1799-1830 (72%); 1831-1837 Batch (M067821)

Family History Library film numbers
Eltham St John the Baptist

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. 

Census records

Census returns for Eltham 1841-1891

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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

Gotoarrow.png See Lewisham 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 167-173. Date accessed: 25 2013
  2. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St John the Baptist, Eltham in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Eltham St John the Baptist in Greenwich Borough. Partially indexed.