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MAIDSTONE (All Saints), a borough, markettown, and parish, having separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the hundred of Maidstone, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, of which it is the county town, 8 miles (S.) from Rochester, and 34½ (S. E. by E.) from London.
Maidstone All Saints is the Ancient Parish church of the county town of Maidstone; see Maidstone Wikipedia. The ancient parish acted as mother church to subsequent parish development and included Loddington within the boundary of the parish; a map of the Maidstone, All Saints with St. Philip and St. Stephen, Tovil parish boundary is available at A church near you.
Loose, Kent was formed as chapelry within the Ancient Parish
The collegiate church was built in 1395 next to the Archbishop's Palace and was one of the largest and widest Parish Churches in England. Memorials include a monument to Sir Jacob Astley, the Royalist Civil War Soldier and a memorial to George Washington's great uncle Lawrence Washington which includes the Stars and Stripes in the family coat of arms.
See Kent Archaeological Society and Edward Hasted 'The town and parish of Maidstone: Churches, religious houses and charities', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 308-324 at British History Online and Kent Churches website
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
Grove Hill Road
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.
International Genealogical Index may include events from other Maidstone parishes
Christenings Male & female 1770-1785 Batch (C042597); 1785-1796 (C042600); 1796-1804 (C042599). Female only: 1633-1714 (C020953); 1717-1768 (C020943); 1804-1812 (C0425980); 1813-1814 (I005651); 1819-1822 (I005959); 1823-1832 (I005355); 1833-1837 (I005985); 1844-1849 (I005357); 1850-1854 (I005490); 1855-1867 (I005491); 1868-1886 (I005492); 1851-1897 (I005358); 1861-1897 (I005359); 1862-1880 (C013082). 1815-1818 (I005958)
Marriages 1770-1812 Batch(M020079); 1815-1818 Batch (I005958)
Family History Library film numbers
Maidstone All Saints
See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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
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.
International Genealogical Index Maidstone Earl Street Presbyterian 1732-1825 Batch (C068441)
King Street Baptist 1800-1836 (Births) Batch (C091671)
Union Street Wesleyan 1796-1837 Batch (C068451)
Week Street Independent 1749-1837 Batch (C068431)
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.
 to locate local Family History Centres in UK
 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.
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
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.
Local Family History Centre
- 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 collections using the portal.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
- Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 208-216
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