Seal, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

Seal is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks district of Kent Seal Kent Wikipedia

Seal St Peter and St Paul was formerly a chapelry in Kemsing, Kent Ancient Parish and only became an ecclesisatical parish in 1874; a map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you.

The church site contained a saxon church. The exact age of the present church, with its 15th Century ragstone tower, is unknown, but the granting of the right in the 13th Century to the Lord of the Manor to hold a fair on the festival of St Peter and St Paul suggests that it is at least 700 years old and may date from 1250. Of particular note is the 54 inch tall brass of the 13th Century Sir William de Bryene, a former Lord of Kemsing and Seal, and the sideboard made from the church rood screen which was dismantled during the Civil War for safe keeping.

The church of St Peter and St Paul has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 51-59 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

From this parish was formed St Margaret Underriver See Underriver North West kent Family History Society St Margaret Underriver

The church of St Margaret Carter's Hill has been designated as a grade C listed building British listed building  and Kent Churches website

See Seal North West Kent Family History Society and Seal St Peter and Saint Paul Seal St Lawrence


Civil Registration

See Sevenoaks Registration District 1837-1941 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.

Church records

International Genealogical Index Christenings 1561-1599 (Extracts) Batch (C151021) Marriages 1562-1599 (Extracts); 1813-1837 Batches (M151021, M151023)

Original deposited registers were formerly 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

Register of Baptisms 1965-present, Mariage register 1985-present Register of Burials 1925-present  and other 20th century registers remain in the parish.

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.

Census records

Census returns for Seal 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

Sevenoaks 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

SEAL (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of SevenOaks, hundred of Codsheath, lathe of Sutton-atHone, W. division of Kent, 2¼ miles (N. E.) from Seven-Oaks. [1]

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 reach of the Sevenoaks district, located adjacent to Orpington Station.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 36-40. Date accessed: 22 May 2013.