Ardleigh is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: No Man’s Land.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St Mary the Virgin

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1555
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1630

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARDLEIGH, a parish and a subdistrict in the district of Tendring, Essex. The parish lies on the Eastern Union railway, 4¼ NE of Colchester; and it has a station on the railway, and a post office under Colchester. Acres, 4,905. Real property, £9,445. Pop., 1,582. Houses, 360. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £380. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel. The subdistrict comprises six parishes. Acres, 18,037. Pop. 4,964. Houses, 1,136.

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

Ardleigh, 4 miles N.E. Colchester. P. 1605

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ARDLEIGH (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Tendring, N. division of Essex, 4¾ miles (N. E.) from Colchester; containing 1605 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises 4953 acres, is situated on the road from Colchester to Harwich, and has a station of the Colchester and Ipswich railway, midway between the stations of Colchester and Manningtree. A fair is held on September 29th. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £11. 0. 10., and in the patronage of the Crown; net income, £258. The church is an ancient structure partly rebuilt of brick, with the original square embattled tower of stone. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. In 1571 William Littlebury bequeathed a farm called Wrabnass, now let for £250 per annum, for the instruction of boys of Ardleigh, Dedham, and other places adjacent.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records


ArdleighMethodistOther TranscriptSearch FreeReg
ArdleighSt Mary the VirginParish RegisterSearch FreeReg


Poll Books


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Tendring
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – Tendring, Post-1846 – Ardleigh
  • Poor Law Union: Tendring
  • Hundred: Tendring
  • Province: Canterbury

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