Beckenham St George, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

BECKENHAM (St. George), a parish, in the union of Bromley, hundred of Bromley and Beckenham, lathe of Sutton-at-Hone, W. division of Kent, 1¾ mile (W.) from Bromley, and 10 (S. S. E.) from London. [1]

Beckenham is a town in the London Borough of Bromley Beckenham Wikipedia

Beckenham St George is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester; a map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you.

The detached part of Battersea St Mary, Surrey Penge North West Kent Family History Society Penge St John became part of the parish in 1899.

The church of St George High Street Beckenham has been designated as a grade B listed building British listed building

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 1 (1797), pp. 527-550 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See Beckenham North West Kent Family History Society and Beckenham St George Shortlands St Mary

Beckenham London Road Cemetery (Beckenham Cemetery) a municipal cemetery for Bromley Borough was opened in 1877 and Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery Elmers End Beckenham is also located to serve that borough.

From this Ancient Parish were created:

Beckenham Christchurch: Fairfield Rd. Built 1876; parish created 1878 from Beckenham St George.Kent Churches website
Beckenham Holy Trinity: Lennard Rd. (Formerly 'Penge Lane'). Built 1878; parish created 1878 from Beckenham St George. Kent Churches website
Beckenham St Barnabas: Oakhill Rd.Built 1878/84, replacing iron church; parish created 1877 from Beckenham St George. Kent Churches website
Elmers End, St James: St James's Ave. Built 1879-88; parish created 1879 from Beckenham St George.
New Beckenham, St Paul: Brackley Rd. Built and parish created 1872 from Beckenham St George. Kent Churches website
St Michael & All Angels: Birkbeck Estate (Ravenscroft Rd). Church built 1899-1906, succeeding 1877 iron church; Destroyed 1944 and rebuilt 1955-6; parish created 1907 from Beckenham St George. Kent Churches website


Civil Registration

See Bromley 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

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Deposited Parish registers are held at Bromley Archives reference P 19

Bromley Central Library
Telephone: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8466 7860

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Beckenham St George

See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Land Tax

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

Census records

Census returns for Beckenham 1841-1891

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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

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

3 Volumes Deposited Poor Books for Beckenham St George are held at Bromley Archives reference 1778 - 1802 P/19/5/6  Poor Book 1803-1829 P/19/5/3  Parish: Poor Book 1829-1836 P/19/5/5

Bromley Central Library
Telephone: 020 8461 7170
Fax: 020 8466 7860

See England, Kent, Workhouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Bromley Poor Law Union

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)

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Local Family History Centre

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent is within the London Borough of Bromley, located adjacent to Orpington Station and on major bus routes through the borough.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 184-187. Date accessed> 1 July 2013.