Bradford Street, Bocking Essex

Bocking is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St Mary the Virgin, St Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1802

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Protestant Dissenters, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOCKING, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Braintree district, Essex. The village stands on the left bank of Blackwater river, and on the Braintree railway, adjacent to Braintree; forms a suburb of that town; consists chiefly of one long street; and is a seat of petty sessions. A trade in baizes, called “bockings,” was at one time prominent; and a manufacture of silk and crape is now carried on. The parish includes also Bocking-street and Bocking-Church-street, ¾ and 2 miles distant from Braintree, both with post-offices under that town, and the former situated on the branch Roman road from Chelmsford. Acres, 4,607. Real property, £15,156. Pop., 3,555. Houses, 768. The property is much subdivided. The man or was given by Ethelred to the see of Canterbury; and belongs now to the corporation of the sons of the clergy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £923. Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is early English; had anciently three altars and five chantries; and contains some monuments and two brasses. There are an Independent chapel, much improved in 1869, a charity school with £50, and other charities with £172. Dr. Dale, the author of “Pharmacologia,” was a native. The subdistrict contains five parishes. Acres, 11,507. Pop., 5,281. Houses, 1,171.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BOCKING (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Braintree, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 1 mile (N.) from Braintree; containing 3437 inhabitants. The parish comprises 4490a. 1r. 12p., of which 3460 acres are arable, 617 meadow and pasture, 262 woodland, and 30 acres hop-grounds; and is intersected by the river Blackwater, which puts in motion the machinery of several corn-mills and silk-factories. The lands rest on a substratum of clay partially mixed with chalk; that portion under tillage produces fair average crops. The village, one of the most extensive in the county, has one principal street reaching to the town of Braintree, and containing several well-built houses. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £35. 10., and in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury: the tithes have been commuted for £1360, and there are nearly 114 acres of glebe. The church, built partly of flints and stone, is a spacious and handsome structure in the early English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains many interesting monuments. John Gauden, Bishop of Worcester, established a school for boys, and endowed it with land now producing £50 per annum. An almshouse, endowed with about £8 per annum, was built by license of Henry VI., as a Maison Dieu, or “God’s House,” by John Doreward, who gave to it, and the chaplain of his chantry in the parish church, his manor of Tendring and a rentcharge on all his lands in the county; but this revenue, it is supposed, was lost at the Dissolution.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


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.

Gosling James, Bocking, Essex, spirit merchant, Oct. 7, 1828.

Lee Frances, Bocking, Essex, victualler, Dec. 3, 1822.

Lee James, Bocking, Essex, innkeeper, Dec. 18, 1824.

Whale George Archibald, Bocking, Essex, innkeeper, Dec. 11, 1832.

Parish Registers

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.


Census returns for Bocking, 1841-1891

Church Records

Births and baptisms Author: Independent Church (Bocking, Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for St. Mary’s Church, Bocking, 1802-1849 Author: Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Bocking, Essex)

The First register of Saint Mary’s Church, Bocking

The first register of St. Mary’s Church : Bocking, Essex, England Author: Goodwin, James J. (James Junius), 1835-1915

Parish register transcripts, 1572-1574 Author: Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Bocking, Essex)

Parish registers for St. Mary’s Church, Bocking, 1558-1954 Author: Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Bocking, Essex); Essex Record Office

Parish registers for St. Peter’s Church, Bocking, 1897-1984 Author: Church of England. St. Peter’s Church (Bocking, Essex); Essex Record Office

Parish printout of Bocking, St. Marys, Essex, England

Parish register printouts of Bocking, Essex, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1752-1857 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Description and travel

Braintree & Bocking : a pictorial account of two Essex townships Author: Cunnington, May; Warner, Stephen Alfred


Overseers records, 1704-1890 Author: St. Mary-the-Virgin’s Parish (Bocking, Essex)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers records, 1704-1890 Author: St. Mary-the-Virgin’s Parish (Bocking, Essex)


Overseers records, 1704-1890 Author: St. Mary-the-Virgin’s Parish (Bocking, Essex)


Place Churches Registers Search
Bocking St Mary the Virgin Parish Register Search FreeReg
Bocking St Peter Parish Register Search FreeReg


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Braintree
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Peculiar Deanery of Bocking
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Bocking, Post-1844 – Hedingham
  • Poor Law Union: Braintree
  • Hundred: Hinckford
  • Province: Canterbury

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