Luddesdown, Kent Genealogy

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

Luddesdown, Kent
Luddesdown St Peter & St Paul Kent.jpg
Luddesdown St Peter & St Paul Kent
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Toltingtrough
County Kent
Poor Law Union North Aylesford
Registration District North Aylesford
Records begin
Parish registers: 1681
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History

LUDDESDOWN (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union of North Aylesford, hundred of Toltingtrough, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of the county of Kent, 5½ miles (W. by S.) from Rochester.[1]

Luddesdown is a civil parish in the Gravesham district of Kent since 1974; previously it was part of Strood Rural District. Luddesdown Wikipedia The civil parish includes the hamlets of Great Buckland and Boughurst Street.

Luddesdown St Peter and St Paul is an Ancient Parish which includes Henley Street and Poundgate.

The church originated in the 13th century but was virtually rebuilt or recased in 1866 by R B Pope and has been designated as a grade II* listed building by English Heritage.British listed building

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 367-374 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

Luddesdown civil parish is a large rural area of the North Downs centred on Luddesdown Court and the associated church and includes the small Norman Chapel at Dode, which is now in the ecclesiastical parish of Snodland, Kent but was lost as a village to the Black Death in 1349.

See Luddesdown North West Kent Family History Society and Luddesdown St Peter and St Paul

The mission church of Leywood was within the parish and has registers from 1870.


Civil Registration

North Aylesford Registration District

Strood Registration District

Strood and Hoo Registration District

Chatham 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

Luddesdown, Kent Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FMP = findmypast - (£)[3][4][5][6]
FREG = FreeREG - free[7]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[8]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[9]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[10]
Luddesdown, Kent Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1718-1885 (gaps)

FMP 1682-1911
1682-1970; 1757-1809 (Banns)
FREG 1682-1995
FS BTs 1718-1890 1718-1890 1718-1890
IGI 1587-1663 1613-1642, 1768-1812
MED 1681-1995 1681-1995 1681-1995

Luddesdown (sometimes Luddesdowne) St Peter and St Paul Christenings Marriages Burials 1681-1995 reference P235

Census records

Census returns for Luddesdown 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.
Category:England Family History Centres to locate local Family History Centres in UK
Introduction to LDS Family History Centers 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

Poor Law Unions

North Aylesford Poor Law Union, Kent (renamed Strood)

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

Gillingham Family History Centre, Kent

Canterbury Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 186-190. Date accessed: 26 August 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. 'Coverage of Kent parish baptism records', Find My Past, accessed 5 November 2013.
  4. 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  5. 'Coverage of Kent parish banns', Find My Past, accessed 5 November 2013.
  6. 'Coverage of Kent parish burial records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
  7. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  8. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  9. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  10. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.