Boreham, Essex Family History Guide

Boreham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Terling
  • Little Waltham
  • Little Baddow
  • Springfield
  • Hatfield Peverel
  • Great Leighs

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOREHAM, a village and a parish in Chelmsford district, Essex. The village stands on the river Chelmer, near the Eastern Counties railway, 3 ½ miles NE of Chelmsford; and it has a post office under Chelmsford, and was once a market-town. The parish comprises 3,739 acres. Real property, £7,002. Pop., 989. Houses, 186. The property is divided among a few. Boreham House is the seat of Sir J. T. Tyrell, Bart. Newhall belonged to Waltham Abbey; and passed to the Shardelowes, the Butlers, the Boleyns, Henry VIII., the Ratcliffes, the Villierses, Cromwell, Monk, the Cavendishes, and Olmius Lord Waltham. A mansion on it was built by the Butlers in the time of Henry VII.; inhabited by the Princess Mary, the Duke of Buckingham, Cromwell, and Monk; and demolished, all except the great hall, by Lord Waltham. The hall is now a chapel, 96 feet by 50, retaining the arms of Henry VIII. and Elizabeth; and a convent is connected with it, first occupied by nuns who fled from Liege at the first French revolution, and used as a seminary for Roman Catholic ladies. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £432. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church has a square Norman tower; contains tombs of the Ratcliffes, Earls of Sussex; and is good. The churchyard contains a mausoleum of the Walthams, after the model of the Temple of the Winds. There are national schools, Butler’s charity school with £156 a year, and other charities with £13.

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 Boreham, 1841-1891

Church Records

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

Bishop’s transcripts for Boreham, 1800-1873 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Boreham (Essex)

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1731-1900 Author: Boreham (Essex)

Parish registers for Boreham, 1559-1884 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Boreham (Essex); Essex Record Office

Occupations

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1731-1900 Author: Boreham (Essex)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1731-1900 Author: Boreham (Essex)

Taxation

Churchwardens and overseers records, 1731-1900 Author: Boreham (Essex)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

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