Billericay is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Essex, created in 1823 from Great Burstead Ancient Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1844

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Methodist, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Billericay

  • Hutton
  • Little Burstead
  • Laindon
  • Ramsden Crays
  • Buttsbury
  • Mountnessing
  • Great Burstead

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BILLERICAY, a small town, a chapelry, and a district in Essex. The town stands on an eminence, near the site of a Roman station, 4½ miles S of Ingatestone r. station, and 9 SSW of Chelmsford. It commands a fine view of the surrounding country, away to Kent and the Nore; and it is of ancient origin, and has been much improved.

It has a head post office, a banking office, one chief inn, a church, two dissenting chapels, an endowed school, a public reading room, and a workhouse; and is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling-place. The church is a brick building, partly as old as the time of Edward III.; and has a tower, of previous date, much decayed. A weekly market is held on Tuesday; fairs are held on 2 Aug. and 7 Oct.; and brewing, brickmaking, and country business are carried on. Rated property, £6,972. Pop., 1,390. Houses, 248. The chapelry is conterminate with the town; and is in the parish of Great Burstead. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £220. Patron, the bishop of Rochester.

The district comprehends the subdistrict of Brentwood, containing the parishes of East Horndon, West Horndon, Childerditch, Little Warley, Ingrave, South Weald, and Shenfield; the subdistrict of Great Burstead, containing the parishes of Great Burstead, Little Burstead, Hutton, Mountnessing, Dunton, Ramsden-Crays, Ramsden-Bellhouse, the liberty of Lee Chapel, and most of the parish of Laindon; and the subdistrict of Wickford, containing the parishes of Wickford, Downham, Nevendon, Vange, Pitsea, Bowers-Gifford, and North Benfleet, and the chapelry of Basildon. Acres, 50,845. Poor-rates in 1866, £7,426. Pop. in 1861, 15,031. Houses, 2,748. Marriages in 1866, 65; births, 440, of which 22 were illegitimate; deaths, 299, of which 73 were at ages under 5 years, and 13 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 804; births, 4,192; deaths, 2,974. The places of worship in 1851 were 18 of the Church of England, with 2,751 sittings; 6 of Independents, with 1,716 s.; 3 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 140 s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 390 s. The schools were 17 public day schools, with 844 scholars; 24 private day schools, with 358 s.; 18 Sunday schools, with 934 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 9 s.

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

Billericay, 4 m. E. Brentwood, and 23 m. E. London. Mrkt, Tues. P. 1284

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


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.

Adey John, sen., Cray’s hill, Billericay, Essex, cattle salesman, Nov. 9, 1822.

Dennis William Wilson, Billericay, Essex, butcher and salesman, July 2, 1825.

Gladwyn George, Billericay, Essex, grocer, Dec. 28, 1838.

Philpott James, Billericay, Essex, coach proprietor, Dec. 11, 1829.

Plume William, Stock, Billericay, Essex, builder, Sept. 11. 1829.

Shaw Hunton, Billericay, Essex, grocer, July 20, 1830.

Sneezum Thomas, Billericay, Essex, carpenter and builder, May 8, 1838.


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Billericay
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Post-1844 – Billericay, Pre-1845 – Barstable
  • Poor Law Union: Billericay
  • Hundred: Barstable
  • Province: Canterbury

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