The Old Parish of Nonington

A small place in East Kent history

Welcome to the Old Parish of Nonington in East Kent

Nonington, often spelt Nonnington, is a rural parish in East Kent. It lies 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 old parish measured roughly three miles by three miles, some 4,000 acres in all, but was divided into the separate parishes of Nonington and Aylesham in 1951. This website is mainly concerned with the original parish before its division, and with events in what became the present parish of Nonington after the division.
The origins and history of Snowdown Colliery and the mining village of Aylesham and its people are well recorded on other websites and is therefore not covered  in any great detail by this website at present.

To visit Nonington’s historical places please use the Google Earth map below and  see how they look to-day.


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

Transcriptions of parish documents dating from the 16th century onwards can be found at:
http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/01/NON/00.htm

I hope the content will be both informative and of interest to visitors, and I look forward to reading your comments. Any information on Nonington past will be gratefully received, and in return I am willing to pass on any information I have and also post links with any other relevant sites or blogs.

Email contact: contact@reddlyoncurios.co.uk

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20 Comments

  1. Excellent blog post. I absolutely love this website. Keep it up!

  2. Dan

    Thanks so much for such a detailed response! I’m pleased to finally know what the building was used for.

  3. Thanks for the message, Bob. All is well with me. The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon(Latin: Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), better known as the Knights Templar, were founded around 1129 and became the most prominent and wealthiest of the crusading Christian military orders. The Templars were disbanded by Pope Clement V in 1312 and their vast wealth and land-holdings were re-distributed by the various European rulers. Therefore, the Templars came into possession of the land at Denne Hill and/or the revenues from the land after 1129 and before 1312. The only info I have on the Templars is at http://www.nonington.org.uk/the-old-manors-of-nonington/the-knights-templar-and-knights-of-st-john/, this may be of use to you.
    Good hunting with your family history,
    Regards,
    Clive Webb.

  4. Bob Stupple

    Clive Webb, I have come back from Australia for just a few weeks.
    Visited Womenswold, Barham, and Kingston trying to find any
    connection to Stupple families.
    Denne Hill seems to be a connection, but I have no proof.
    The old house there apparently was destroyed by fire, but I
    did visit the area on Saturday, there was a horse event starting.
    Can anyone tell me about the Knights Templar and when they
    owned Denne Hill?
    I am completing a Pictorial on Reynella, then I will concentrate
    on my family history.
    Trust all is good with you
    Best wishes
    Bob Stupple

  5. Dan, thank you for your kind remarks regarding the website. It can take up a lot of time, and I usually do most of the work on it when the weather is bad, mostly during the winter. The building is known as “The Church Room”, and was built in the early 1900’s in memory of one of the Plumptre family who was a missionary and was for the use of St Mary’s church as a church hall. There was a plaque to this effect inside the hall but I forget the exact details as I haven’t been in there since the mid-1980’s. In the 1930’s a boxing club met there, my uncle John Webb was a member and apparently quite a useful boxer. I can remember it being used in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s by the church for meetings of “Discoverers”, a C of E childrens organisation. However, I didn’t go as I attended the Baptist chapel and inter-denominational integration was then a thing of the future. It also served as the K.C.C. village library until at least the late 1970’s. It was open for a couple of hours one afternoon {Monday, I think} a week, and the books being changed at regular intervals from the library van. I used to go every week when I was at primary school and during the holidays when I went to secondary school. It then became little used, mainly because it had no toilets or running water, and gradually fell into disrepair. Since the early 1990’s it has been used by a model railway club.

  6. Dan

    Such an excellent website and a great resource for anyone with an interest in the history of the village and surrounding area! Thanks so much for the time and effort it must take to research and curate this website.

    I wondered whether you had any information on the use/purpose of the small detached building on Holt Street (heading west), just after the cricket ground on the left. It has shutters on all of it’s windows, but I occasionally see a number of cars parked there.

  7. Thanks for the message, Freddie. You could try contacting the Clerk to the Parish Council http://www.nonington.com/parish-council/
    I knew Alan virtually from when I was born through Nonington Cricket Club. Alan and my father both played cricket for the club into the 1970’s. My paternal grand-father, Frank Webb, used to go poaching rabbits with George and one or two of his brothers in the early 1900’s when George’s family lived in Easole Cottage in Mill Lane. A couple of the Beer brothers were caught by the game-keeper one night in or near Iron Fence Wood, which was on Fredville land, but my grand-father was on the bridle-way which runs up the side of the wood with the long nets so nothing could really be done about it other than their being warned about poaching in the future.

  8. freddie beer

    good morning
    My grandfather was George Henry Beer and was the last full time Blacksmith at Nonington Forge. It seems there is no recognition of this in the village and the site next to Nonington Church has block paving on the ground where the Forge used to be situated and My mother and I wondered who we could contact to place a brass plaque there to commemorate George Henry and his two sons, Alf and Alan. Incidentally, the youngest son, Alan William played for the village cricket team regularly.
    Regards,

    Freddie Beer
    07505850715

  9. Thanks for the comment.

  10. I love to read the history of Nonington. I was a student there i1960 – 63.

  11. Bob-The copies I have come from the Kent Archaeological Society archives at Maidstone museum. Dr. Hardman made his copies in the 1930’s, so I’ve no idea where the original documents are. The KAS has a lot of Hardman’s docs. transcribed on line at their website although they are not always accurate transcriptions.
    http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/01/NON/01/00.htm

  12. Bob Stupple

    Clive Webb, in regard to the earlier info on indenture 1552 by Dr Hardman( William Stupple of Nonington)
    would you know where that original/copy of would be.
    They have suggested Kent history Library Maidstone.
    Do you have any thoughts as to where it may be held please.
    Bob

  13. Thanks for the comment, Bob.

  14. Bob Stupple

    Clive, many thanks for your reply
    Always appreciated

    Bob Stupple

  15. Bob, Laddy is not an old Kent dialect word for youth. Laddy’s could also mean ladders, which were then far more important in agriculture than they are now, the old Kent dialect word for ladder is lather [said with long a=larther]. It could be an alternative spelling, spelling varies a great deal in documents of this period. Words were written as they sounded to the writer, and Kent dialect then sounded vowels much differently to to-day, ee was pronounced as i [sheep=ship], i was ee [mice=meese], a was said as ah [so laddy would have been said lahddy]. The same with consonants, th was said as d,[those=dose, then=den] The problem with the documents I have is that they are copies and some of the transcription and dating is inaccurate, I have found several inconsistencies in the transcriptions.
    As far as I know there are no paths or lanes that have a name resembling Laddy, and I’ve not seen one on older maps, but names do change from generation to generation.
    I think it means a place where ladders were made, so it would most likely have been close to a wood, possibly Broadsole Wood [now Frogham Wood] at the end of Frogham Street.

  16. Bob Stupple

    Clive, not sure if you can help.
    According to my research, and reading into the early material you supplied,
    William Stupple(Stupell) gave land for a walk way called Laddy,s Tome or Lane.(youths walk).
    in your research is their a lane south of Nonington towards Frogham and Fredville ?
    I have become entrenched into this history, thanks to your kind help.
    Regards….Bob Stupple
    ,

  17. Nice result, Bob. Unfortunately the Womenswold [also Wimlingswold] parish records have not been put on line so it’s not easy to access Births ect., also you could try researching Kingston and Barham parishes which are next door to Womenswold as I believe Denne Hill is [or was] mainly in Kingston parish.
    http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-kent/vol9/pp262-266
    http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-kent/vol9/pp350-358
    http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-kent/vol9/pp338-349

  18. Bob Stupple

    Clive Webb, have purchased document from E bay, received it in mail yesterday in Adelaide.
    Excellent condition, and original.
    Many thanks for the tip off.
    Very interested in Womanswold now, to find where John Stupple farmed, and how long
    the farm was retained by the Stupple family and how early they came to Womanswold.
    Any additional help from over there would be much appreciated
    Bob Stupple

  19. Bob Stupple

    Clive Webb, have purchased document from E bay, received it in mail yesterday in Adelaide.
    Excellent condition, and original.
    Many thanks for the tip off.
    Very interested in Womanswold now, to find where John Stupple farmed, and how long
    the farm was retained by the Stupple family and how early they came to Womanswold.
    Any additional help from over there would be much appreciated
    Bob Stupple

  20. Bob Stupple

    To Dave Walker
    Just found your info on Adelaide immigrants 1849 very interesting.
    I recently published a book on the Pioneers of Reynella.
    This is stories of pioneers and their families who came to Adelaide from 1838-

    Bob Stupple

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