Alphamstone is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St Barnabas

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1705
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1801

Nonconformists include:

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALPHAMSTONE, a parish in Sudbury district, Essex; near the river Stour, 2½ miles WNW of Bures r. station, and 5 S of Sudbury. Post Town, Bures under Colchester. Acres, 1,557. Real property, £2,614. Pop., 317. Houses, 72. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value £257. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is tolerable. Charities, £13.

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

Alphamstone, 3 m. NE. Halstead. P. 314.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ALPHAMSTONE, a parish, in the union of Sudbury, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 5 miles (N. E.) from Halstead; containing 314 inhabitants. This parish, which includes the hamlet of Bures, and contains 1557a. 2r. 37p., was anciently parcel of the possessions of the abbey of Bury St. Edmund’s, except a portion that belonged to Richard Fitz-Gilbert, which, after the Conquest, was divided among several proprietors. The soil is rich, and constitutes fine corn land; the scenery is picturesque. A pleasure-fair is held on the first Thursday in June. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £11, and in the gift of the Crown: the tithes have been commuted for £440, and the glebe consists of 28 acres. The church, an ancient building of flint, consisting of a nave with a south aisle and chancel, lighted by small lancet-shaped windows, is finely situated on an eminence, commanding an extensive and richly varied prospect: the tower, with the bells, fell down about fifty years since.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

ALPHAMSTONE, a parish in the hundred of Hinckford, county of Essex, 6 miles (N.E. by E.) from Halsted, containing 244 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Middlesex, and diocese of London, rated in the king’s books at £11., and in the patronage of the Crown.

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.

Butcher James, Alphamstone, Essex, maltster, Jan. 29, 1822.

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  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Sudbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Hedingham
  • Poor Law Union: Sudbury
  • Hundred: Hinckford
  • Province: Canterbury

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