Barnston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Birnston, Bernston

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1539
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • High Roding
  • Great Dunmow
  • Little Dunmow
  • Great Waltham
  • High Easter

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARNSTON, or Birnston, a parish in Dunmow district, Essex; on the river Chelmer, 2 miles SE of Dunmow r. station, and 7½ WSW of Braintree. It has a post-office under Chelmsford. Acres, 1,442. Real property, £2,415. Pop., 192. Houses, 40. The property is divided among a few. Barnston Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £335. Patron, the Rev. W. Toke. The church is Norman.

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

Barnston, 1 m. S.E. Dunmow. P. 197

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

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