There are a number of websites where you can find information about Sutton at Hone and Hawley without having to pay a subscription.
Parish Registers of St John the Baptist Church – these are now available online via Medway CityArk, which holds the archives of the Diocese of Rochester.
Baptisms: 1607 – 1914 (baptisms from 1914 have recently been removed from the website to protect privacy).
Marriages: 1608 – 1957 (marriages from 1940 may have recently been removed from the website to protect privacy)
Burials: 1607 – 1979
Monumental Inscriptions – the Kent Archaeology Society has a partial list of Monumental Inscriptions available online
Maps – the National Library of Scotland has recently digitised a series of Ordinance Survey Maps from the 1st editions until the 1960s. They have included the 6in to the mile series and so provide a good overview about the development of the villages from 1895 to 1950. To search by County, you should click on Kent IX SE and Kent IX SW.
Old Maps Online is also worth looking at, as it pulls maps from online libraries and archives globally, and it is simple to search by place name.
History – Edward Hasted, who was a noted 18th century Kent Historian, lived at St John’s Jerusalem, and wrote The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. British History Online has the entry for Sutton at Hone and Hawley available online.
Historical Directories – the University of Leicester have made their collection of Directories available online and you can search it to find references to Sutton at Hone and Hawley.
The North West Kent Family History Society ‘covers’ the parish of Sutton at Hone, and they have generously put their back catalogue of journals available online. If you have an interest in the area in general, it is worth reading through the index to see the wide range of articles available to download.
Journal Vol 11 no.10 (September 2009) has two articles about Hawley:
The history of the WILLS/SAUNDERS Family in Hawley
Family Album: Hawley Football Team Supporters 1952 – which has an excellent photo with all the men shown identified.
More to come…