I know how confusing it can be when you're starting genealogical research or history research in an area you're unfamiliar with. Hopefully this page will help you to find your bearings!

The above parishes all come under the title 'Sittingbourne' today, despite the parish of Sittingbourne being a very small part of the total area. The boundaries between the Milton and Sittingbourne parishes have also altered over the years.

This information is by no means complete or infallible - it has been pieced together using directories and church histories. It is simply intended as a guide.

The two most central parishes are Sittingbourne (St Michael's) and Milton Regis (Holy Trinity). In 1869 a further Sittingbourne Parish church was opened - Holy Trinity, Dover Street and in 1902 another for Milton Regis - St Mary's, Park Road. The boundaries of these two parishes have altered over the years and the parish of Milton Regis extends down into the town centre of Sittingbourne so any of them could be relevant when looking for a local ancestor!

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Local Churches

1. St Michael's Parish Church, High Street, Sittingbourne
11th Century - Church built
1561 - baptism records start
1562 - marriage records start
1571 - burial records start
July 1762 - fire destroyed the roof and some of the building
1767 - church reopened
1873 - extensive restoration carried out

1903 - Rev. Thomas Godfrey Law Lushington M.A. vicar; 8 & 11 a.m. & 3 or 3.30 & 6.30 p.m.; daily at 8 & 8.30 p.m. (Kelly's Directory)

 

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holy_trinity_church_dover_street_sittingbourne_t2. Holy Trinity Parish Church, Dover Street, Sittingbourne
2nd October 1866 - opened as fund raising venue and school
19 March 1869 - opened to congregation / ceremonies started
17th December 1873 - consecrated

1903 - Rev. Hargreave Edward Trimmer M.A. vicar; 8 & 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. & fri. 11 a.m.; daily 10 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.  (Kelly's Directory)


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methodist_church_sittingbourne_t3. Methodist / Wesleyan Church, High Street, Sittingbourne

1903 - Rev. Wm Rapson (supt.) & Rev. Arthur Clay Lywood; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed 7.15 p.m.  (Kelly's Directory)

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united_reformed_church_sittingbourne_t4. Presbyterian / Congregational / United Reformed Church, High Street, Sittingbourne

1841 - built with 500 sittings (1903 Kelly's Directory)

1972 - the Presbyterian Church of England (PCofE) united with the Congregational Church to form the United Reformed Church (URC).

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baptist_church_sittingbourne_t5. Sittingbourne Baptist Church, High Street, Sittingbourne
1844 / 1866 with 750 sittings (1903 Kelly's Directory) / 1867- built

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sacred_heart_church_sittingbourne_t6. Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, London Road, Sittingbourne
1892 - erected

27 August 1902 - opened

1903 - Sacred Heart, Catholic, West Street, Rev. Eugene O'Sullivan; 8 & 10 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; daily 7.30 a.m.; fri. 7.30 p.m. (Kelly's Directory)

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park_road_church_20107. St Mary's, Park Road, Sittingbourne
25 Jan 1902 - opened (under Holy Trinity Parish, Milton)
July 1925 - established as a separate parish
2000 - became united benefice with St Michael and All Angels, Sittingbourne


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bell_road_cemetery_20108. Sittingbourne Cemetery, Bell Road, Sittingbourne (and 2 mortuary chapels)
October 1860 - opened, under the Burial Board

1903 - 6 acres, contains 2 mortuary chapels, under control of Burial Board of 9 members (1903 Kelly's Directory)
1910 - transferred to Urban District Council

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9. Holy Trinity Parish Church, Milton Regis
Century - church founded
after 9th Century - church dedicated to the Holy Trinity


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bartholomew_church_bobbing_t10. St Bartholomew's Parish Church, Bobbing
12th Century - tithe paid from Bobbing to Minster Priory in Sheppey.

Photograph: J&K Paul, 2010

 

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11. Primitive Methodist Chapel, Key Street, Sittingbourne
1863 - opened

 


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12. Methodist Chapel, Key Street, Sittingbourne

 

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13. St Peter and St Paul's Church, The Street, Borden

 

  
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14. St John The Baptist Church, Tunstall Road, Tunstall

 

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15. Paradise Chapel, Crown Road, Milton Regis
Congregationalist Chapel
1790 - built
1792 - congregation formed
1846 - burial ground opened

 

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east_Street_church_201016. Pentecostal Church, East Street, Sittingbourne
Photograph: G Lamb, 2010

  

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all_saints_church_murston_l17. (Old) All Saints' Church, Gas Road, Murston, Sittingbourne
1873 - Faculty to demolish the church

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bapchild_church_201018. St Laurence's Church, Bapchild
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salvation_army_shortlands_road19. Salvation Army, Shortland Road, Sittingbourne
1885 - Shortland Road barracks built

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19. Baptist Mission, Bayford Road, Sittingbourne

1903 - Mission Room, Bayford street, 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7.30 p.m. (Kelly's Directory)


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shakespeare_road_chapel_201020. Primitive Methodist Chapel, Shakespeare Road, Sittingbourne
1881 - built

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all_saints_church_murston21. (New) All Saints' Church, Murston Road, Murston, Sittingbourne
Photograph: G Lamb, 2010
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east_street_church_2010b22. United Methodist Chapel / Bible Christian Chapel, East Street, Sittingbourne

1903 - Bible Christians, East Street, Rev. Wm Henry Gregory, minister; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; wed. 7 p.m. (Kelly's Directory)

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st_michaels_mission_school_east_street_l23. St Michael's Mission Room, Canterbury Road, Sittingbourne

1903 - Mission Room, Canterbury Road; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; wed. 7.30 p.m. (Kelly's Directory)

1908 - mentioned in trade directory

  
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Convent of the Nativity of Our Lord, Ufton Lane, Sittingbourne
1894 - Sisters of The Nativity of Our Lord purchased land known as Schamel and opened a convent
1895 - opened boarding school
1993 - convent closed

 

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Ebenezer Gospel Hall, West Street, Sittingbourne
1908 - mentioned in trade directory

 

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Snips Hill Wesleyan Chapel, Sittingbourne
1908 - mentioned in trade directory

 

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Latter Day Saints, Oddfellows Meeting Room, Pembury Street, Sittingbourne
1908 - mentioned in trade directory
 
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Wesleyan Chapel

1903 - mentioned in Kelly's Directory