The present parish of Nonington: where and why.

The present parish of Nonington, often spelt Nonnington, is to be found in East Kent some two miles or so to the north-east of the A2 approximately mid-way between Dover and Canterbury. Sandwich is some seven miles to the north-east and Deal is about ten miles or so to the east. The original parish of Nonington measured roughly three miles by three miles, some 4,000 acres in all, but was divided into the parishes of Nonington and Aylesham in 1951.


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In 1907 work on sinking Snowdown Colliery  commenced and  the first coal was produced in 1912. Snowdown’s miners came from the surrounding areas and many travelled from Dover. The railway had come through Nonington in the early 1860’s but there was no station in the parish and the Dover miners had to walk from Shepherdswell station across country to the colliery until Snowdown & Nonington Halt was opened adjacent to the new colliery in 1914.

In 1924 Pearson, Dorman & Long purchased Snowdown Colliery, which had been closed for two years, and completely modernised the colliery, replacing the old steam winding equipment with a powerful electric system. They then purchased 600 acres of land and in 1926 began to build the mining village of Aylesham to house Snowdown miners and their families, some 650 families in total. Aylesham was originally designed as a new town with schools, a cottage hospital, its own railway station,  and shops, some of which were built. Plans were drawn up as late a s the 1960’s to develope Aylesham into a Kent “new” town of 30,000 or more inhabitants, but this “new” town developement eventually took place at Ashford in Kent, some thirty miles away. 

architects drawing of Aylesham

An architects drawing of the intended developement at Aylesham in the 1920’s

Snowdown’s miners came from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, especially the traditional mining areas such as Wales and the North-East where work was hard to find, especially for those miners who had been involved in disputes with mine owners. Some miners walked to Snowdown seeking employment.
Aylesham grew rapidly and soon had a population numbering about five times that of pre-Aylesham Nonington. Over the years the “cultural differences” between the old and new inhabitants of Nonington became more obvious and in 1950 it was decided to divide the old parish of Nonington and the present parishes of Aylesham and Nonington came into being in mid-1951.  The first meeting of the newly formed Nonington Parish Council was held on 1st June of that year.

You can find Nonington on the Google Earth link below and travel to the various places mentioned on this website and see how they look in the present day.
Nonington in East Kent 

What was going on in centuries past?

For information from the parish register on births, deaths and marriages as well as census records go to:
http://www.kent-opc.org/Parishes/Nonington.html

Transcriptions of documents dating from the 16th century onwards  relating to Nonington can be found at

http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/01/NON/00.htm

What’s going on in the present parish of Nonington?  

Go to www.nonington.com to find out!

 

Why I built this site?
On this site I hope to post any information that I have on the people, places and events in the old parish before its division, although people, places and events in the present parish of Nonington will be referred to from time to time.

I hope the content will be both informative and of interest to visitors, and I look forward to reading your comments.

The history of Snowdown Colliery and the mining village of Aylesham, originally both in the old parish of Nonington, has been very well recorded on several excellent websites and will therefore will not be covered in any great detail.

I would be grateful for any information on old Nonington, and in return I am willing to pass on any information I have,  and  to link with any other relevant sites or blogs.

Email contact: [email protected]

 

15 comments

  1. There used to be a useful area for the GARLING(E) family of Nonington on this website. Has this now moved?
    (I have GARLINGE ancestry and it filled in a lot of holes!!)

    Regards

    Steve Baldock

    1. I was at Nonington College from 1967 to 1970, so I remember Norman Garlinge very well, as I used to play cricket for the village when I had free time, and Norman used to buy my pints every time I got 50 for them. Thankfully he bought me a lot. He used to drive an A35 which was totally inappropriate for a big bloke like him.

      Norman was a lovely bloke, typical village sort who got on very well with the students because he mixed in and liked a drink or three.

      Hope this helps, maybe it doesn’t – but I have fond memories of being with him.

      1. Thanks for the message, John. I can remember watching you play cricket for Nonington, my father was Ron Webb, the club secretary. Norman really was a great bloke-characters like him are sadly missed in present day village life, and cricket. He played for the enjoyment to be had on and off the pitch before, during, and after the game, not to win.

  2. Hi Clive

    I am trying to contact someone who I can send a family history to..relates to the Ellen and Holloway families of Nonington and Eythorne. Two of Sarah Holloway’s (nee Ellen) children and three cousins settled in Victoria Australia. Where they ran a pub also called “The Royal Oak” after Nonington’s pub. I want to send more than one book so it can be used as a resource by locals.

    1. Kerry:-Many thanks for contacting me. I think your best bet regarding the book is to contact Dover Museum at http://www.dovermuseum.co.uk/Home.aspx. There used to be an branch of the county archive at Whitfield, just outside of Dover, but this has been closed and its contents moved to Maidstone. This is some 35 miles away but it was done to improve the service to local people. Canterbury Cathedral archives at http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/conservation/archives/ would also be another good contact, they hold the Nonington parish records. I would also be grateful for a copy as I often have people contact me regarding ancestors who lived in Nonington, and I have very little info on parish genealogy. I’d also be interested in any info. re: The Royal Oak, I had no idea there was one in Victoria named after Nonington’s Royal Oak. Is it still open? Please contact me on [email protected] and we can discuss things further.
      Regards,
      Clive

  3. Thanks very much for the extract/text concerning Three Barrows Down. I rather assumed they hadn’t been dug up by the Rev Faussett because they still exist (at least two of them do – I understand one was ploughed-out). Where Faussett excavated at Golgotha in Shepherdswell, there is no sign of any barrows now. unfortunately.

    Steve

    1. There are two barrows close to the road, the closest has had a “corner” cut off by the road. These two may have survived because they were in a shave close to the road, I think the ploughed out one was out in the field. Apparently there is a lot of evidence of settlement out in the field which shows up on aerial photos and I have been told that quite a lot of coins have been found there some of which pre-date the Roman occupation. The early OS map in my 3 Barrows post shows a stone “cistern” out on the field just above the ‘O’ in down, but what period of occupation it is connected to I don’t know.
      A lot of barrows seem to have disappeared in the mid-to late 1800’s when heavy steam traction engines droving ploughs became common allowing easier and deeper ploughing of large areas and the barrows probably got in the way and were flattened to allow easier ploughing, there are several barrows in Nonington where this seems to have happened. The ones in woodland seem to have survived. In the case of Golgotha it could be connected to the building of the light railway out to Eastry.
      Regards,
      Clive.

  4. Clive, I wonder if you have any information on the history of Three Barrows Down – the tumuli that form the junction of Nonington, Shepherdswell and Womenswold Parishes?

    Full marks on your well researched history!

    Steve

    1. Steve, thanks for the comment. I believe there was some excavation of the barrows by a Kent parson, I think it was the Reverend Bryan Faussett, in the late 18th or early 19th century, and a filled in shaft on the mound nearest the North Downs Way [known locally as The Roman Road, on various OS maps as Long Lane] is still visible, and that some more recent investigation has been done, but that’s it. I think there has also been some excavations by ‘treasure hunters’ in the distant pass. I do remember reading something years ago about some items being discovered such as bone fragments and grave goods but I can’t remember where I read it. The barrows give their name to Ruberry (Rowbergh, Rowberry ect) Downs and Wood [probably from ruh beorg-rough mound].
      Sorry I can’t be of more help.

    2. Steve, I’ve just found this. It’s in Charles Roach Smith’s book “Inventorium Sepulchrale” published in 1856-it may be of interest-read from Sibertswold Down onwards, it obviously refers to Three Barrow Downs.
      http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/bryan-faussett/inventorium-sepulchrale-an-account-of-some-antiquities-dug-up-at-gilton-kingst-sua/page-17-inventorium-sepulchrale-an-account-of-some-antiquities-dug-up-at-gilton-kingst-sua.shtml
      Regards,
      Clive.

  5. Agree with Robert outstanding website, one of the best I have found in my family research!! Maps are fascinating to look at wish I had those when I visited there on my last trip. Unfortunately I only know my Kingsford family lived in Holt or Eashole Street but no idea where in the mid 1800’s. Most appreciative if you hear any thing of the Kingsford family. Once again great work and fascinating website.
    Greg Kingsford, Melbourne, Australia

    1. Greg, thanks for the comments, it makes it worthwhile doing the site when people appreciate it. There were Kingsfords at Holt Street Farm in the 1670’s- details on http://www.nonington.org.uk/?page_id=1076 -I believe they were either lawyers or merchants from Canterbury and were involved in buying and selling land in Nonington in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s,and one of the girls married into the Hammond family of St. Alban’s Court in 1692 and bought a nice hefty dowry into the Hammonds which was much needed.
      For details of parish records and cencus details look on
      the Kent Online Parish Clerks, Nonington-unfortunately I can’t get a link to work so you’ll have to Google it-there are some Kingfords in there in the parish registers in the 1600’s.
      If you email me on [email protected] I’ll send you what info I have as Word docs.
      Regards,
      Clive Webb.

  6. Clive an excellent history, completely fasinating.
    I have not found any further about the Stupple families of Nonington.
    If you come across any further i would very much appreciate it
    kind regards Robert Stupple William Stupple of Nonington 1550

    1. Bob, thanks for the post. I think it is William Stupple of Dene (now Denne Hill), an estate and house in the parish of Kingston. Look in Hasted for some detail’s. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63573&strquery=kingston
      A William Stupple was buried at Nonington 2nd June, 1557, presumably the same.You could try looking in Kingston parish records as it’s a large parish and Stupples appears to be a fairly common name in the area records.
      If I do find any more info. I’ll let you know.
      Regards,
      Clive

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