Bocking, Essex Family History Guide

Bocking is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish registers begin:

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

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

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].

Bankrupts

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 Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.

Census

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

Occupations

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)

Taxation

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

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • 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