The Essex Gazetteer

The purpose of the database has always been to help those with ancestors coming from within the bounds of 'Old Essex'. Like all databases it does not purport to cover the seemingly infinite number of place-names that could have been included, some names come with the long list of spelling variations that have been used over the centuries.

The data was originally compiled by former ESFH member Adrian Stockton and issued to all members in paper format in 2002.

Places were originally located by giving a distance in miles and a compass direction from what was hoped was a better-known location in the County. Such information can only be a rough guide.

The majority of place-names that are in the gazetteer can be found on modern maps but some names and places no longer exist. Many place-names have changed over time. In general, modern names have been indexed with any well known' alternatives included. OS Grid references and co-ordinates have been provided for those places no longer extant that are as near as we can ascertain to the actual location of the place within the parish.

If you unsure which parish a particular place is situated within then enter the name of the place in the search box at the bottom of the page and click the “Search Gazetteer” button. If the place is in our gazetteer its record will be displayed which will tell you which parish it is within.

We have now combined our online Essex Gazetteer with our main Essex Parish database. To view these new features first log into the members only area. Next select “Parish Map” on the services tab on the black bar at the top of the website. Select the parish in which you are interested to view all the information we have on that parish. Together with photographs of each Church in the parish, you will find the Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference for each parish church and a Google map showing the location of the parish within the County of Essex. You will also find details of the smaller places within the parish which are listed in our gazetteer.

We hope that you will enjoy seeing the church and more information about the parish where your ancestors were baptised, worshipped, married or buried.


Search the Essex Gazetteer

Type in a place name or parish name in the box below to search in the Essex Gazetteer


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