Ashen Essex Family History Guide

Ashen is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Esse

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629-30; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Birdbrook
  • Ridgewell
  • Stoke by Clare
  • Tilbury juxta Clare
  • Ovington
  • Clare
  • Belchamp St Paul

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHEN, a parish in the district of Risbridge and county of Essex; on the verge of the county, at the river Stour, 2½ miles SW of Clare, and 3¼ NNW of Yeldham r. station. Post Town, Bumpstead-Steeple under Halstead. Acres, 1,498. Real property, £2,528. Pop., 344. Houses, 71. The property is subdivided. An Augustinian priory was founded here in the time of Edward II. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £300. Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church was repaired in 1859.

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

Ashen, 8 m. N.W. Halstead. P. 321

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


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Risbridge
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - Hedingham, Post-1846 - Yeldham
  • Poor Law Union: Risbridge
  • Hundred: Hinckford
  • Province: Canterbury