This page contains links to the register transcripts of St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst.  Links to transcripts of Christ Church, Kilndown can be found here

The Parish Registers of St Mary’s Church, Goudhurst start in November 1558. During the 1930s the former Goudhurst Village History Society undertook the monumental task of transcribing and indexing these registers. Between 2012 and 2013 members of the current Local History Society transferred the information to computer.

The transcripts cover the following dates:

  • Baptisms:             November 1558 – April 1929
  • Marriages:            November 1558 – June 1929
  • Burials:                 November 1558 – September 1938

The Society does not have access to any registers since these dates.


Baptismal Records
These can be searched by following the links below. The data has been split into separate sections to make it easier to search.

Some of the information included in the comments columns in the individual sections has been abbreviated. These are listed below.

1558 – 1569 1570 – 1579 1580 – 1589 1590 – 1599
1600 – 1610 1611 – 1620 1621 – 1631 1632 – 1641
1642 – 1653 1654 – 1669 1670 – 1685 1686 – 1699
1700 – 1719 1720 -1735 1736 – 1750 1751 – 1765
1766 – 1779 1780 – 1790 1791 -1799
1800 – 1809 1810 – 1815 1816 – 1819 1820 – 1825
1826 – 1830 1831 – 1837 1838 – 1845 1846 – 1859
1860 – 1870 1871 – 1885 1886 – 1899 1900 – 1915 

 

Abbreviations:

b/b = base born;
BWHS = baptised at Winchet Hill School. The school was licensed as a “Mission Church” on 4th April 1873. The reason for this was specifically “for the convenience of the inhabitants residing at a distance from the Parish Church” thus making it possible for families living nearby to have their children baptised there.
illeg = illegitimate;
P = poor;
pb = privately baptised. Babies were privately baptised when they were considered to be sickly at birth and therefore unlikely to survive for long
RIC = Date child was received into the congregation. This relates to a child who had previously been privately baptised and survived – hence a second date, which may have been a completely separate entry, or simply a footnote at the bottom of the page.
s/w = single woman


Marriage Records
These can be searched by following the links below. The data has been split into separate sections to make it easier to search.

1558 -1599 1600 – 1650 1651 – 1699 1700- 1750
1751 – 1799 1800 – 1850 1851-1899 1900 – June 1929

 


Burial Records
To search the Burial transcripts click here
For information on burials in Goudhurst in general click here

Kilndown Registers

The Parish Registers of Christchurch, Kilndown start in 1843. To search the Kilndown registers click here

The original registers of both  churches are now held by the Kent Library and History Centre, Maidstone and should be consulted to verify the information provided in the transcripts.