Walmer, Kent Genealogy

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

Upper Walmer Old St Mary Kent.jpg

Parish History

Walmer is a town and civil parish in the Dover district of Kent, see Walmer Wikipedia

Walmer Old St Mary was an Ancient parish and the original parish church of Walmer until the building of other parish churches in the town. The map of the parish boundary and Anglican churches of the town are available A church near you.The Church is also known as the church of the Blessed Mary of Walmer.

The church dates from 1120 and was extended in the 17th century and about 1826 but these parts of the building have not survived demolished during the work of 1898 to re-orientate the chancel.

The church was originally a chapelry to Walmer Court home of the d'Auberville family. During his residence as Lord of the Cinque ports and residence at Walmer Castle the Duke of Wellington attended the church. See Old St Mary's Church Walmer Wikipedia

The building of the new Walmer The Church of St Mary the Virgin,Kent  and St Saviour's St Saviou's Church Walmer Wikipedia lead to the parish church status ending.

The building is designated a grade II* listed building by English Heritage British listed building.

See also Edward Hasted 'The liberty of the cinque ports (continued): Walmer', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 10 (1800), pp. 23-29 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

Walmer Baptist Church dates from 1808.


Civil Registration

Eastry 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

Walmer St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = FindMyPast - (£)[1][2][3]
Walmer St Mary Parish Online Records


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FMP 1560-1883 1560-1883 1561-1928 1561-1928 1560-1901 1560-1901

Walmer St Saviour parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

Walmer St Saviour Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1559-1839 1559-1839

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.

See Kent Census

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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.

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

Eastry 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

WALMER (St. Mary), a parish, and a member of the cinque-port liberty of Sandwich, in the union of Eastry, locally in the hundred of Cornilo, lathe of St. Augustine, E. division of Kent, 2 miles (S.) from Deal. [4]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.



  1. 'Canterbury baptism records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 8 November 2013.
  2. 'Canterbury marriage records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
  3. 'Canterbury burial records coverage', Find My Past, accessed 14 November 2013.
  4. Samuel A. Lewis,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 444-449Date accessed: 22 May 2013.