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An ongoing project to transcribe a selection of documents by a group of volunteers sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society.

The objectives are for the volunteers to develop and practice their palaeography skills, to learn about Kent in the past as shown in the documents and for the transcripts to be made available to others for education, research and personal interest.

Among other subjects, the documents provide information on the practice of religion, the administration of the Poor Law, farming, shopkeeping, children and households. The front page of each transcript includes keywords indicating the principal covered within the document.


Group News

Miles court case, 1835

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 17 October 2022

The Transcription Group have been working on transcribing a document from a court case from 1835 - the Miles case. Peter is still working on research regarding the background history of the case but if you'd like a copy of the transcription please contact him on


The start of the document has been reproduced below:


"The Trial of William Rook the Younger for Housebreaking at the Sessions House of St Augustine Canterbury on January 4th 1837.


Snargate Cobbler 1748

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 6 December 2021

Here is a transcripton from one of the items in our collection. This document is the account of a cobbler, John Hall, who lived in Snargate in 1748. The account was rendered to the Overseer of the Poor Law. The document can be found in the Gordon Ward archive ref: Snargate 014.


Northfleet Riot c.1586

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 5 October 2021

The Transcription Interest Group has transcribed a Kentish related document held at the Kent History & Library Centre (with permission of South Staffordshire County Council). Doc.ref: D593/S/4/6/7a.  The document is an instruction to the High Sheriff of the County of Kent to investigate a riot at Northfleet, c.1586.


Northfleet riot

Mereworth Transcription

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 5 October 2021

Our Transcription Interest Group has been working on papers in the Gordon Ward collection. This document relates to the sale of lands in Mereworth in 1627. The two persons involved are George Cotton and Lawrance Evernden.


Mereworth doc MER014