Beckenham, Kent Family History Guide

Beckenham St George is an Ancient Parish in the county of Kent.

Parish church: St George

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1719

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Croydon St John the Baptist
  • West Wickham
  • Bromley St Peter and St Paul
  • Penge St John
  • Lewisham St Mary
  • Shirley
  • Hayes
  • Addington
  • Camberwell St Giles

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BECKENHAM, a village and a parish in Bromley district, Kent. The village stands on a small tributary of the Ravensbourne river, close to a junction of several railways, 3 miles SE of the Crystal Palace, and 2 W of Bromley; has stations on the railways, and a post office under London, SE.; and is rapidly becoming a suburb. The parish comprises 3,875 acres. Real property, in 1865, about £40,000. Pop. in 1861, 2,124; in 1865, about 3,500. The property is subdivided. Beckenham Place is the seat of A. Cator, Esq.: Kelsey Park, of P. R. Hoare, Esq.; Old Manor House, of H. Fortescue, Esq.; and Langley Park, of Goodheart Esq. Beckenham was the residence of Brandon, Duke. of Suffolk, when visited by Henry VIII.; and Clay-Hill here was the residence of Edward King, author of the “Munimenta Antiqua,” who died in 1807. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, £900. Patron, J. Cator, Esq. The church was built about the beginning of the 16th century; has a lofty white spire, rebuilt in 1796; and contains monuments of the Styles, the Burrells, the Hoares, and others, and a tablet to Captain Hedley Vicars, who fell at Sebastopol. The ancient lich-gate, for setting down corpses at funerals, still stands. The p. curacies of a. St.-Paul and Shortlands are separate charges, both of them constituted in 1868. There are endowed national schools with £42 a year, and other charities £68. Dr. Assheton, prolocutor in convocation, who died in 1711, was rector.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

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Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

County: Kent
Civil Registration District: Bromley
Probate Court: Pre-1845 – Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester, Post-1844 – Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Diocese: Pre-1845 – Rochester, Post-1844 – Canterbury
Rural Deanery: Pre-1864 – Dartford, Post-1863 – West Dartford
Poor Law Union: Bromley
Hundred: Bromley and Beckenham
Province: Canterbury

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