The past runs parallel with the present and is always
intruding on it. But we feel we must be wary not to remain stuck in the
past for its own sake. The past has something to teach us - but so has
the present. We honour and learn from them both.
We hold written information on almost every topic connected with
Birchington, all of which is held in alphabetical order - from Acol to
There are separate files on All Saints Church, the history of the
village of Birchington, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (who died here),
Windmills (we had three), Charles Spurgeon and his Homes (the last of
which was in Birchington), the First and Second World Wars and Gladys
Cooper (who visited Birchington in the 1920s) to name a few.
We also have access to the archives from All Saints
Church mainly in transcript form, as all the earliest material is now
held in Canterbury Cathedral Archives. The catalogue for this material
runs to 117 pages. The Church's archives date from about 1350 to the
present day and cover the daily life of the Church as well as the
village as a whole. The Registers start in 1538 and the Churchwardens'
accounts begin in 1531 and apart from two brief breaks are continuous
to the present day. There are the account books of the Overseers of the
Poor as well as the Way Wardens' accounts, covering the maintenance of
the local roads.
All the material is constantly being augmented and updated where new
evidence is uncovered.