Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester

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These combined courts had primary jurisdiction over many parishes in the western half of the county of Kent.  See the parish jurisdiction lists for specifics.

These courts also had secondary jurisdiction over the parish of Islesham in Cambridgeshire (and should be searched only after the Court of the Peculiar of Islesham and the Court of the Bishop of Norwich).

Historical Background

In 1846 the diocese of Rochester was reduced in area. Some parishes were transferred to the diocese of Canterbury and others to the diocese of London.