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Essex Family History Guide

A pumping windmill by the River Chelmer, Chelmsford. Postcard c1910


Essex is bounded, North by Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, East by the German Ocean, South by Kent, and West by Hertford and Middlesex. It is 46 miles long and 40 broad; and divided into 19 hundreds, namely, Barstable, Becontree, Chafford, Chelmsford, Clavering, Dengie, Dunmow, Freshwell, Harlow, Hinckford, Lexden, Ongar, Rochford, Tendring, Thurstable, Uttlesford, Waltham, Winstree, and Witham, and the liberty of Havering. Rivers: the Thames, the Stour, the Coln, the Blackwater, and the Chelmer. It has 19 market towns. Area 1532 square miles, or 980,480 acres. Population, 344,979. It is in the Province of Canterbury, chiefly in the Diocese of London, but partly in that of Canterbury; and it is included in the Home Circuit.

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Parishes in Essex

  • Abberton, Essex
  • Abbess Roding, Essex
  • Aldham, Essex
  • All Saints in Stanway and Lexden, Essex
  • Alphamstone, Essex
  • Alresford, Essex
  • Althorne, Essex
  • Ardleigh, Essex
  • Arkesden, Essex
  • Ashdon, Essex
  • Asheldham, Essex
  • Ashen, Essex
  • Ashingdon, Essex
  • Aveley, Essex
  • Aythorpe Roding, Essex
  • Barking, Essex
  • Barkingside Trinity, Essex
  • Barling Magna, Essex
  • Barnston, Essex
  • Basildon, Essex
  • Beauchamp Roding, Essex
  • Beaumont with Moze, Essex
  • Belchamp North End, Essex
  • Belchamp North Wood, Essex
  • Belchamp Otten, Essex
  • Belchamp St Paul, Essex
  • Belchamp Walter, Essex
  • Berden, Essex
  • Berechurch, Essex
  • Berners Roding, Essex
  • Billericay, Essex
  • Birch, Essex
  • Birchanger, Essex
  • Birdbrook, Essex
  • Black Notley, Essex
  • Blackmore, Essex
  • Bobbingworth, Essex
  • Bocking, Essex
  • Boreham, Essex
  • Borley, Essex
  • Bowers Gifford, Essex
  • Boxted, Essex
  • Bradfield, Essex
  • Bradwell by Coggeshall, Essex
  • Bradwell on Sea, Essex
  • Braintree, Essex
  • Brentwood, Essex
  • Brightlingsea, Essex
  • Broomfield, Essex
  • Broxted, Essex
  • Buckhurst Hill, Essex
  • Bulmer, Essex
  • Bulphan, Essex
  • Bures St Mary, Essex
  • Burnham on Crouch, Essex
  • Buttsbury, Essex
  • Canewdon, Essex
  • Canvey Island, Essex
  • Castle Hedingham, Essex
  • Chadwell St Mary, Essex
  • Chappel, Essex
  • Chelmsford, Essex
  • Chickney, Essex
  • Chignall Smealy, Essex
  • Chignall St James, Essex
  • Chigwell, Essex
  • Childerditch, Essex
  • Chingford, Essex
  • Chipping Ongar, Essex
  • Chrishall, Essex
  • Clavering, Essex
  • Coggeshall, Essex
  • Colchester All Saints, Essex
  • Colchester Holy Trinity, Essex
  • Colchester St Botolph, Essex
  • Colchester St Giles, Essex
  • Colchester St James, Essex
  • Colchester St Leonard, Essex
  • Colchester St Martin, Essex
  • Colchester St Mary Magdalen, Essex
  • Colchester St Mary at the Walls, Essex
  • Colchester St Nicholas, Essex
  • Colchester St Peter, Essex
  • Colchester St Runwald, Essex
  • Cold Norton, Essex
  • Colne Engaine, Essex
  • Copford, Essex
  • Cornish Hall End, Essex
  • Corringham, Essex
  • Cranham, Essex
  • Cressing, Essex
  • Cricksea, Essex
  • Dagenham, Essex
  • Danbury, Essex
  • Debden, Essex
  • Dedham, Essex
  • Dengie, Essex
  • Doddinghurst, Essex
  • Dovercourt, Essex
  • Downham, Essex
  • Dunton Waylett, Essex
  • Earls Colne, Essex
  • East Donyland, Essex
  • East Ham, Essex
  • East Hanningfield, Essex
  • East Horndon, Essex
  • East Mersea, Essex
  • East Tilbury, Essex
  • Easthorpe, Essex
  • Eastwood, Essex
  • Elmdon, Essex
  • Elmstead, Essex
  • Elsenham, Essex
  • Epping, Essex
  • Fairstead, Essex
  • Farnham, Essex
  • Faulkbourne, Essex
  • Feering, Essex
  • Felsted, Essex
  • Finchingfield, Essex
  • Fingringhoe, Essex
  • Fobbing, Essex
  • Fordham, Essex
  • Foulness, Essex
  • Foxearth, Essex
  • Frating, Essex
  • Frinton, Essex
  • Fryerning, Essex
  • Fyfield, Essex
  • Gestingthorpe, Essex
  • Goldhanger, Essex
  • Good Easter, Essex
  • Gosfield, Essex
  • Grays Thurrock, Essex
  • Great Baddow, Essex
  • Great Bardfield, Essex
  • Great Bentley, Essex
  • Great Braxted, Essex
  • Great Bromley, Essex
  • Great Burstead, Essex
  • Great Canfield, Essex
  • Great Chesterford, Essex
  • Great Chishill, Essex
  • Great Clacton, Essex
  • Great Dunmow, Essex
  • Great Easton, Essex
  • Great Hallingbury, Essex
  • Great Henny, Essex
  • Great Holland, Essex
  • Great Horkesley, Essex
  • Great Ilford, Essex
  • Great Leighs, Essex
  • Great Maplestead, Essex
  • Great Oakley, Essex
  • Great Parndon, Essex
  • Great Saling, Essex
  • Great Sampford, Essex
  • Great Stambridge, Essex
  • Great Tey, Essex
  • Great Totham, Essex
  • Great Wakering, Essex
  • Great Waltham, Essex
  • Great Warley, Essex
  • Great Wigborough, Essex
  • Great Yeldham, Essex
  • Greenstead (near Ongar), Essex
  • Greenstead (near Colchester), Essex
  • Greenstead Green, Essex
  • Hadleigh, Essex
  • Hadstock, Essex
  • Halstead [St Andrew], Essex
  • Halstead Holy Trinity, Essex
  • Harlow [St Mary and St Hugh], Essex
  • Harwich St Nicholas, Essex
  • Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex
  • Hatfield Peverel, Essex
  • Havengore, Essex
  • Haverhill, Essex
  • Havering-atte-Bower, Essex
  • Hawkwell, Essex
  • Hazeleigh, Essex
  • Helion Bumpstead, Essex
  • Hempstead, Essex
  • Henham, Essex
  • Heybridge, Essex
  • Heydon, Essex
  • High Beech, Essex
  • High Easter, Essex
  • High Laver, Essex
  • High Ongar, Essex
  • High Roding, Essex
  • Highwood, Essex
  • Hockley, Essex
  • Hornchurch, Essex
  • Horndon on the Hill, Essex
  • Hutton, Essex
  • Ingatestone, Essex
  • Inworth, Essex
  • Kedington, Essex
  • Kelvedon, Essex
  • Kelvedon Hatch, Essex
  • Kirby le Soken, Essex
  • Laindon, Essex
  • Lamarsh, Essex
  • Lambourne with Abridge, Essex
  • Langdon Hills, Essex
  • Langenhoe, Essex
  • Langford, Essex
  • Langham, Essex
  • Langley, Essex
  • Latchingdon with Snoreham, Essex
  • Latton, Essex
  • Lawford, Essex
  • Layer Breton, Essex
  • Layer Marney, Essex
  • Layer de la Haye, Essex
  • Leaden Roding, Essex
  • Lee Chapel, Essex
  • Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
  • Lexden, Essex
  • Leyton, Essex
  • Leytonstone, Essex
  • Lindsell, Essex
  • Liston, Essex
  • Little Baddow, Essex
  • Little Bardfield, Essex
  • Little Bentley, Essex
  • Little Braxted, Essex
  • Little Bromley, Essex
  • Little Burstead, Essex
  • Little Canfield, Essex
  • Little Chesterford, Essex
  • Little Chishill, Essex
  • Little Clacton, Essex
  • Little Dunmow, Essex
  • Little Easton, Essex
  • Little Hallingbury, Essex
  • Little Henny, Essex
  • Little Horkesley, Essex
  • Little Ilford, Essex
  • Little Laver, Essex
  • Little Leighs, Essex
  • Little Maplestead, Essex
  • Little Oakley, Essex
  • Little Parndon, Essex
  • Little Saling, Essex
  • Little Sampford, Essex
  • Little Stambridge, Essex
  • Little Tey, Essex
  • Little Thurrock, Essex
  • Little Totham, Essex
  • Little Wakering, Essex
  • Little Waltham, Essex
  • Little Warley, Essex
  • Little Wigborough, Essex
  • Little Yeldham, Essex
  • Littlebury, Essex
  • Loughton, Essex
  • Magdalen Laver, Essex
  • Maldon All Saints with St Peter, Essex
  • Maldon St Mary, Essex
  • Manningtree, Essex
  • Manuden, Essex
  • Margaret Roding, Essex
  • Margaretting, Essex
  • Marks Tey, Essex
  • Markshall, Essex
  • Mashbury, Essex
  • Matching, Essex
  • Mayland, Essex
  • Messing, Essex
  • Middleton, Essex
  • Mistley, Essex
  • Moreton, Essex
  • Moulsham, Essex
  • Mount Bures, Essex
  • Mountnessing, Essex
  • Mucking, Essex
  • Mundon, Essex
  • Myland St Michael, Essex
  • Navestock, Essex
  • Nazeing, Essex
  • Netteswell, Essex
  • Nevendon, Essex
  • Newport, Essex
  • North Benfleet, Essex
  • North Fambridge, Essex
  • North Ockendon, Essex
  • North Shoebury, Essex
  • North Weald, Essex
  • Norton Mandeville, Essex
  • Orsett, Essex
  • Ovington, Essex
  • Paglesham, Essex
  • Panfield, Essex
  • Pattiswick, Essex
  • Pebmarsh, Essex
  • Peldon, Essex
  • Pentlow, Essex
  • Pitsea, Essex
  • Plaistow St Mary, Essex
  • Pleshy, Essex
  • Prittlewell, Essex
  • Purleigh, Essex
  • Quendon, Essex
  • Radwinter, Essex
  • Rainham, Essex
  • Ramsden Bellhouse, Essex
  • Ramsden Crays, Essex
  • Ramsey, Essex
  • Rawreth, Essex
  • Rayleigh, Essex
  • Rayne, Essex
  • Rettendon, Essex
  • Rickling, Essex
  • Ridgewell, Essex
  • Rivenhall, Essex
  • Rochford, Essex
  • Romford, Essex
  • Roxwell, Essex
  • Roydon, Essex
  • Runwell, Essex
  • Saffron Walden, Essex
  • Salcot Virley, Essex
  • Sandon, Essex
  • Shalford, Essex
  • Sheering, Essex
  • Shelley, Essex
  • Shellow Bowells, Essex
  • Shenfield, Essex
  • Shopland, Essex
  • Sible Hedingham, Essex
  • South Benfleet, Essex
  • South Fambridge, Essex
  • South Hanningfield, Essex
  • South Ockendon, Essex
  • South Shoebury, Essex
  • South Weald, Essex
  • Southchurch, Essex
  • Southend St John the Baptist, Essex
  • Southminster, Essex
  • Springfield, Essex
  • St Lawrence Newland, Essex
  • St Osyth, Essex
  • Stambourne, Essex
  • Stanford Rivers, Essex
  • Stanford-le-Hope, Essex
  • Stanstead Mountfitchet, Essex
  • Stanway, Essex
  • Stapleford Abbotts, Essex
  • Stapleford Tawney, Essex
  • Stebbing, Essex
  • Steeple, Essex
  • Steeple Bumpstead, Essex
  • Stifford, Essex
  • Stisted, Essex
  • Stock Harvard, Essex
  • Stondon Massey, Essex
  • Stow Maries, Essex
  • Stratford St John, Essex
  • Strethall, Essex
  • Sturmer, Essex
  • Sudbury All Saints with Ballingdon and Brundon, Essex
  • Sutton, Essex
  • Takeley, Essex
  • Tendring, Essex
  • Terling, Essex
  • Thaxted, Essex
  • Theydon Bois, Essex
  • Theydon Garnon, Essex
  • Theydon Mount, Essex
  • Thorington, Essex
  • Thorpe le Soken, Essex
  • Thundersley, Essex
  • Tilbury juxta Clare, Essex
  • Tillingham, Essex
  • Tilty, Essex
  • Tollesbury, Essex
  • Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex
  • Tolleshunt Knights, Essex
  • Tolleshunt Major, Essex
  • Toppesfield, Essex
  • Twinstead, Essex
  • Ugley, Essex
  • Ulting, Essex
  • Upminster, Essex
  • Vange, Essex
  • Wakes Colne, Essex
  • Waltham Abbey, Essex
  • Walthamstow [St Mary], Essex
  • Walthamstow St James, Essex
  • Walthamstow St John, Essex
  • Walthamstow St Peter, Essex
  • Walton le Soken, Essex
  • Wanstead, Essex
  • Weeley, Essex
  • Wendens Ambo, Essex
  • Wendon Lofts, Essex
  • Wennington, Essex
  • West Bergholt, Essex
  • West Ham, Essex
  • West Hanningfield, Essex
  • West Horndon with Ingrave, Essex
  • West Mersea, Essex
  • West Thurrock, Essex
  • West Tilbury, Essex
  • Wethersfield, Essex
  • White Colne, Essex
  • White Notley, Essex
  • White Roding, Essex
  • Wicken Bonhunt, Essex
  • Wickford, Essex
  • Wickham Bishops, Essex
  • Wickham St Paul, Essex
  • Widdington, Essex
  • Widford, Essex
  • Willingale Doe, Essex
  • Willingale Spain, Essex
  • Wimbish, Essex
  • Witham, Essex
  • Wivenhoe, Essex
  • Wix, Essex
  • Woodford, Essex
  • Woodford Bridge, Essex
  • Woodham Ferrers, Essex
  • Woodham Mortimer, Essex
  • Woodham Walter, Essex
  • Woolwich [St Mary], Essex
  • Wormingford, Essex
  • Wrabness, Essex
  • Writtle, Essex

Media for Essex

Essex Hundreds 1830

Essex Hundreds 1830

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Map of Essex 1840

Map of Essex 1840

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