Orlestone, Kent Genealogy

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Orlestone St Mary the Vrigin

Parish History

Orlestone is a small hamlet within the civil parish of Orlestone and Warehorne but includes St Mary the Virgin church. The principal settlement is at Hamstreet which is also forms part of the ecclesiastical parish  of Warehorne, Kent Orlestone Wikipedia

Orlestone St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish

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

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 360-365 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

Hamstreet is a village within the civil parish of Orlestone and Warehorne. Hamstreet Wikipedia The church of the Good Shepher Hamstreet Church website is part of the South Kent Methodist Circuit and is a shared Anglican/Methodist church building.

The Anglican parishes of Orlestone, Snave, Kent ( now a redundant church) Ruckinge, Kent Warehorne, Kent and Kenardington, Kent are all part of the united benefice.


Civil Registration

See East Ashford 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)

International Genealogical Index Hamstreet Wesleyan Christenings 1805-1837 Batch (C068511)

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. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. 

Land Tax

Images for Orlestone and Ruckinge are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1831 The images are derived from 1780-1831 Family History Library BRITISH Film 1470619 Items 3-5 Contains records for Orlestone (item 5 only)

Images for Orlestone, Shadoxhurst and Warehorne are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1831

The images are derived from microfilm Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, England. The Family History Library description of the film includes:

"This record assesses taxes in the hundred of Ham. Items 4 and 5 split the hundred into upper and lower Ham. Warehorne falls on the dividing line".

Kent Archives Office reference: Q/RPL/399-400.

Image 1 of the series contains a handwritten insertion by the microfilmer {"Warehorne and Orlestone" (parts of the Lower half of the Hundred of Ham in Romney Marsh Some of the returns include "Rucking" in the heading but do not vary in their contents}

See Edward Hasted's 'The hundred of Ham: Introduction', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 360 at British History Online and description of Orlestone and the neighbouring parish of Ruckinge, Kent The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (1799), pp. 360-365 at British History Online

Census records

Census returns for Orlestone 1841-1891

It is necessary to search for Hamstreet entries both in this collection and that of Warehorne, Kent since Hamstreet is partly in each ecclesiastical parish but in the same civil parish.In practice online census search is more rapid.

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.
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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

for details of public houses in the 1881 census

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

East Ashford 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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Web sites

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