Downe, a parish in Kent, 16 miles from London, 5 SSW of St Mary Cray, 3 from Orpington station on the S.E.R., and 5½ SE by S of Bromley. It has a post and money order office under Farnborough (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Farnborough. Acreage, 1652; population, 581. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury; value, £400 with residence. The church has a spire, contains a piscina, six brasses, and monuments. A yew tree in the churchyard is upwards of 700 years old. There are a Baptist chapel and a school. Downe was for many years the residence of the great naturalist Darwin.
The parish register dates from the year 1538.
Details of the places of worship in Downe, and their records, can be found on the following pages:
- St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England)
- Baptist Chapel (Baptist)
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Kent newspapers online:
- Kent & Sussex Courier
- Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald
- Dover Express
- Kentish Gazette
- Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald
- Kentish Chronicle
- Maidstone Telegraph
The Visitation of Kent, 1619 is available on the Heraldry page, as is also The Visitation of Kent, 1663-68.