History of the Parishes

Cudham and Downe

The villages of Cudham and Downe have long histories; both are mentioned in the Domesday Book, although only Cudham had a church at the time.

Church guides for both churches are available on line:

We have included on our website some notes about various aspects of our churches' and villages' history which we hope will be of interest.


Both churchyards go back a long way. The more recent burial and grave registers are kept in the churches' safes.

The older records in Cudham for baptisms, marriages and burials between approximately 1650 and 1850 were transcribed by Sir Thomas Colyer-Ferguson of Ightham Mote, and they are available for inspection. We also hold a transcribed copy of the records for Downe from 1538.

If anyone wishes to research their family history in any other period of time, they will probably have to go to Bromley Central Library where all the older records of both parishes have been stored.