Loose, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Loose, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Loose, Kent
Loose All Saints Kent.jpg
Loose All Saints Kent
Type Chapelry
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Maidstone
County Kent
Poor Law Union Maidstone
Registration District Maidstone
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559; For more records see Maidstone
Bishop's Transcripts: 1564
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Sutton
Diocese Canterbury
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Canterbury
Location of Archive
Kent Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

LOOSE (All Saints), a parish, in the union and hundred of Maidstone, lathe of Aylesford, W division of the county of Kent, 2½ miles S from Maidstone. [1]

Loose (pronounced looze) is a village and civil parish 2 miles south of the county town of Maidstone and the church of All Saints lies close to the river Loose. See Loose Kent Wikipedia

All Saints was originally a chapelry of Maidstone All Saints, Kent which was later enlarged to form an Ecclesiastical parish in the Diocese of Canterbury. The church is on the site of a former Saxon church and the oldest part of the building dates from the 14th century and church warden's accounts from 1364.

The church was restored and additions made in subsequent centuries; in 1819 and 1860 North and South Aisles were added. In 1878 serious fire damage lead to major restoration.

The Parish church of All Saints, Church Street, Loose 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 4 (1798), pp. 359-365 at British History Online and Kent Churches website

The Reverend Richard Boys was vicar here and is buried in the churchyard. He was chaplain to St Helena during the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte. The church also has memorials to the Fairfax family who held the Leeds Castle estates. One former vicar of the parish assumed the arms and name of Fairfax and the estates.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Loose parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[2]
Loose Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1717-1812

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

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Family History Library film numbers

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Loose 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.

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.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 175-179. Date accessed: 19 August 2013.
  2. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.