Lamberhurst, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

LAMBERHURST (St. Mary), aparish, in the union of Ticehurst, partly in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsemonden, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, but chiefly in the hundred of Loxfield-Camden, rape of Pevensey, E. division of Sussex, 15 miles (S. W. by S.) from Maidstone.[1]

LAMBERHURST (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Ticehurst, partly in the hundred of Brenchley and Horsemonden, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, but chiefly in the hundred of Loxfield-Camden, rape of Pevensey, E. division of Sussex, 15 miles (S. W. by S.) from Maidstone. Here is a place of worship for Baptists. [2]

Lamberhurst is a village and civil parish in the Tunbridge Wells district of Kent Lamberhurst Wikipedia

Lamberhurst St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish which included Scotney Manor in the parish boundary. See Scotney Castle Wikipedia

The village and civil parish of Lamberhurst was in both counties of Kent and Sussex until the line of the county boundary was adjusted in the Local Government Act 1894 which required that parish boundaries be aligned with county boundaries and thus Lamberhurst became wholly in Kent.A map of the parish boundary is available at A church near you

The church is mediaeval and date sfrom the 14th/15th century and has been restored in subsequent centuries notably in 1870 by Ewan Christian who rebuilt the chancel and chapel and interior furnishing.

The church of St Mary Church Road Lamberhurst has been designated as a grade I listed building and includes several listed monuments in the graveyard British listed building

See Kent Archeological Society and Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 294-310 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The parish neighbours Frant, Kent Wadhurst, Sussex and Ticehurst, Sussex

See Lamberhurst North West Kent Family History Society which includes information about other places of worship and Lamberhurst St Mary

The Strict Baptist chapel which dates from 1816 has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building


Civil Registration

See Tonbridge 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.

For civil registration history see Ticehurst registration district

Church records

Online Lamberhurst, Kent Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes


Indexes 1563-1844 FamilySearch[3] 1564-1842 FamilySearch[4]

1564-1837 FamilyRelatives[5]

1651-1725 FindMyPast[6]

Original deposited registers are held at:

Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX

From Spring 2012 material formerly held at
Centre for Kentish Studies,County Hall,Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX
is available at Kent History and Library Centre see Kent Archives which also enables a search of the catalogue for Kent Archives material deposited at Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records.

Family History Library film numbers Lamberhurst

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

Land Tax

Images for Lamberhurst available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records) 1780-1832

Census records

Census returns for Lamberhurst 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

Ticehurst Poor Law Union, Sussex

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

Maidstone Family History Centre, Kent Hastings Family History Centre, Sussex

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 1-6
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 1-6.
  3. Batch C131531, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 March 2012.
  4. Batches M131531, M131532, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 March 2012.
  5. 'Kent Parish registers collection 1538 on,' Family Relatives, accessed 12 March 2012. Derived from Phillimore Marriage Indexes.
  6. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,', (WayBack Machine) accessed 13 March 2012.