Berden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Bearden, Berdon

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1715
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1630

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire
  • Brent Pelham, Hertfordshire
  • Clavering
  • Manuden
  • Rickling
  • Ugley
  • Stocking Pelham, Hertfordshire

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BERDEN, or Berdon, a parish in the district of Bishop-Stortford, and county of Essex; 4½ miles NW of Elsenham r. station, and 6 N by W of Bishop-Stortford. It has a post office under Bishop-Stortford. Acres, 1,771. Real property, £2,856. Pop., 414. Houses, 82. The property is divided among a few. A small Augustinian priory was founded here in the reign of Henry III.; was given, at the dissolution, to Henry Parker; and passed to the hospitals of Christchurch, Bridewell, and St. Thomas. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £170. Patron, Christ’s Hospital. The church is ancient. The Rev. Joseph Mede, author of the “Clavis Apocalyptica,” was a native.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.


Census returns for Berden, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Berden, 1630-1640 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Berden (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Berden, 1800-1866 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Berden (Essex)

Parish registers for Berden, 1715-1836 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Berden (Essex); Essex Record Office

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Vestry minutes, 1704-1837 Author: Berden (Essex)


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

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