Bexley, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

BEXLEY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Dartford, partly in the hundred of Lessness, but chiefly in the hundred of Ruxley, lathe of Sutton-AtHone, W. division of Kent, 3 miles (W.) from Dartford.[1]

Bexley is a a town in the London Borough of Bexley Bexley Wikipedia.

Bexley St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish in Kent Church Website which included within the parish boundary Lamorbey Bexleyheath and part of Welling. Lamorbey Park was developed see also Lamorbey Wikipedia

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1797), pp. 162-183 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See Bexley North West Kent Family History Society and Bexley St Mary

Other parishes fromed from the Ancient Parish include

Lamorbey Holy Trinity Halfway Street see Lamorbey Holy Trinity and Kent Churches website

St John Park Hill Road St John Park Hill Road Kent Churches website

Bexleyheath The Broadway Bexleyheath Christ Church Kent Churches website

Other places of worship include

Baptist: The Broadway, Bexleyheath. Established 1827, demolished 1956.

Bexleyheath Trinity Baptist

Bethany Wesleyan Methodist Bexleyheath North St Methodist Church

Albany Park Baptist Church, Stansted Crescent, Bexley Church website
St John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Thanet Road, Bexley
Strict Baptist Chapel, Bourne Road, Bexley
United Reformed Church, Hurst Road, Bexley
Our Lady of Angels

Congregational: Chapel Rd, Bexleyheath. Built 1853-4, demolished 1987.


Civil Registration

See Dartford registration District Sidcup Registration District Bexley 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)

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1719-1875 Batch (C130922) Marriages 1565-1706; 1723-1876 Batches (M130921, M130922)

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre is the Diocesan Record Office for all the Church of England Parishes within the London Borough of Bexley reference PA23 St Mary's, Bexley 1565-2002

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.

Land Tax

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

Census records

Census returns for Bexley 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

Dartford 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

Orpington Family History Centre, Kent

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 228-233.