Aldham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Margaret

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Aldham, Essex

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALDHAM, a parish in Lexden district, Essex; near Colne river, 2 miles N of Marks Tey r. station, and 5 ENE of Coggleshall. Post Town, Marks Tey under Colchester. Acres, 1,825. Real property, £2,558. Pop., 406. Houses, 94. The manor belonged to the De Veres. The property is subdivided. The place is a meet for the East Essex hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £327. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church is very good. Charities, £32. Morant the historian was rector of Aldham.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Aldham, 2 m. N.E. Coggeshall. P. 382.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ALDHAM, a parish, in the union of Lexden and Winstree, Witham division of the hundred of Lexden, N. division of Essex, 6 miles (E. N. E.) from Great Coggeshall; containing 382 inhabitants. This place is situated on the river Colne, by which it is bounded on the north; and comprises an area of 1512 acres, whereof 27 are common or waste. Fairs are held at the hamlet of Ford-street on Easter-Tuesday and Nov. 1st. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £12; net income, £327; patron, the Bishop of London. The church is a rude edifice, with a small wooden turret. A national school is supported; and £22 per annum, bequeathed by an unknown benefactor, are divided among 16 married persons who have not received parochial relief during the preceding twelve months. The Rev. Philip Morant, author of the History of Essex, was rector of the parish; he died Nov. 26th, 1770, aged 70 years, and was interred in the chancel of the church, where a monument has been erected to his memory. The learned Sir John Marsham, one of the six-clerks in chancery, and author of several valuable works, was proprietor of Bourchiers Hall (now a farmhouse), in the reign of Charles I., to whose fortunes he was a firm adherent.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

ALDHAM, a parish in the Witham division of the hundred of Lexden, county of Essex, 4½ miles (E.N.E.) from Great Coggeshall, containing 435 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king’s books at £12, and in the patronage of the Bishop of London.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Miles James, Aldham, Essex, butcher and common carrier, April 5, 1836.

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  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Lexden
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Post-1845 – Rochester, Pre-1846 – London
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – Lexden, Post-1846 – Halstead
  • Poor Law Union: Lexden and Winstree
  • Hundred: Lexden
  • Province: Canterbury

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