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Parish History

HORSEMONDEN (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Tonbridge, hundred of Brenchley and Horsemonden, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 2¾ miles (N. E. by N.) from Lamberhurst.[1]

Horsmonden is a village and civil parish in the Tunbridge Wells district of Kent. The early 14th century church of St Margaret in Brick Kiln Land is distant from the main settlement of the village Horsmonden Wikipedia

The parish of St Margaret Horsmonden is an Ancient Parish which included the hamlets of Rams Hill, Sherenden and Caple Cross.

The Parish church of St Margaret has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Kent Archeological Society and Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 280 at British History Online and The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 311-322 Horsmonden Parish

There is an 1848 Gazeteer entry; A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 553-557. here and Kent Online Parish Clerks (See link below) have other gazetteer entries. 


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

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Original deposited registers were formerly held at:

Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at
Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX
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

Family History Library film numbers
See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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

Land Tax

Images for Brenchley, Kent, Horsmonden, Kent Pembury, Kent and Yalding, Kent available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1832

The Family History Library describes the microfilm from which images are derived:

"Brenchley in items 6-8, Horsemonden and Pembury in item 7, and Yalding in item 8. These four localities are included in the borough of Badmonden".

Edward Hasted refers to Badmonden as manorial land The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 311-322 at British History Online

Microfilmed at Kent Archives  reference: Q/RPL/48-50.

Images for Borough of Yalding are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1831 The borough of Yalding comprised  Yalding, Kent, Horsmonden Brenchley, Kent and Hunton, Kent within the Land Tax bundle at the Centre for Kentish Studies Maidstone

The Family History Library describes the 1987 microfilming from which images are derived:

"Yalding, Horsmonden, Brenchley and Hunton are all common to the tax district with the borough of Yalding".

Kent Archives reference: Q/RPL/436.

Census records

Census returns for Horsmonden 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

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

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.

Web sites


  1. Lewis Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 553-557.