Shipbourne, Kent Genealogy

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Parish History

Shipbourne is a village and civil parish in the Tonbridge and Malling district of Kent Shipbourne Wikipedia

Shipbourne St Giles is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester which was initially formed as a chapelry in Tonbridge St Peter and St Paul, Kent , see Edward Hasted for a detailed history of the church and rebuilding. A map of the parish boundary may be found at A church near you

The parish church of St Giles Ightham Road Tonbridge has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

See Edward Hasted The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (1798), pp. 45-53 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

See Shipbourne North West Kent Family History Society and Shipbourne St Giles


Civil Registration

This parish was from 1837 in the Malling registration district

See Maidstone 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

Online Shipbourne, Kent Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
Indexes 1560-1658 InternetArchive[1] 1560-1658 InternetArchive[1] 1560-1658 InternetArchive[1]
1560-1658 FamilySearch[2] 1560-1658 FamilySearch[3]
1666-1700 FindMyPast[4]
1813-1831 FamilySearch[5]

Original deposited registers are held at:

Centre for Kentish Studies
County Hall
Maidstone,Kent ME14 1XX
01622 694363
Fax: 01622 694379

Family History Library film numbers
See also England, Kent, Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC) plans to transcribe Shipbourne parish registers.

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


Census records

census returns for Shipbourne 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through FHC Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
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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

Malling 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

SHIPBORNE (St. Giles), a parish, in the union of Malling, hundred of Wrotham, lathe of Aylesford, W. division of Kent, 3¾ miles (N.) from Tonbridge. [6]

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

Web sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Frederick Arthur Crisp, Registers of Shipbourne, Co. Kent (London: F.A. Crisp, 1921). Digitised by Internet Archive.
  2. Batch P015171, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 March 2012.
  3. Batch M015171, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 March 2012.
  4. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,", (WayBack Machine) accessed 13 March 2012.
  5. Batch M015173, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 March 2012.
  6. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 82-85. Date accessed: 20 May 2013.