Birdbrook, Essex Family History Guide

Birdbrook is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1633
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1801

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Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIRDBROOK, a parish in the district of Risbridge and county of Essex; on the Halstead railway, 2½ miles SE of Haverhill. It has a station on the railway. Post Town, Bumpstead-Steeple, under Halstead. Acres, 2,386. Real property, £4,047. Pop., 643. Houses, 143. Birdbrook Hall was formerly a seat of Sir W. B. Rush. Baythorn House was built in 1668. A Roman camp occurs at Watson Bridge; and a large tumulus at Ford Meadow; and a number of Roman urns, coins, and other relics have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £600. Patron, Clare Hall, Cambridge. The church is a neat substantial edifice; and contains the remains of Martha Blewitt, who was the wife of successively nine husbands, and died in 1681.

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

Census returns for Birdbrook, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Birdbrook, 1629-1630 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Birdbrook (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Birdbrook, 1801-1876 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Birdbrook (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Cornish-Hall-End, 1842-1870 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Cornish-Hall-End (Essex)

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1723-1904 Author: Birdbrook (Essex)

Parish registers for Birdbrook, 1633-1959 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Birdbrook (Essex); Essex Record Office

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1723-1904 Author: Birdbrook (Essex)

Taxation

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1723-1904 Author: Birdbrook (Essex)

Voting registers

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1723-1904 Author: Birdbrook (Essex)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Risbridge
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (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