Brightlingsea is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1697
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1813
Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Swedenborgian/New Jerusalem/New Church, and Wesleyan Methodist.
- St Osyth
- East Mersea
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
BRIGHTLINGSEA, a village and a parish in Lexden district, Essex. The village stands on the estuary of the Colne, opposite Mersea island, at a terminus of the Tendring Hundred railway, 8 miles SE by S of Colchester; is a sub-port to Colchester, and a member of the cinque port of Sandwich; and has a post office under Colchester, and a recently erected temperance hall. Fairs are held on the first Thursday of June and 15 Oct.; and a large trade is carried on in the fishing of sprats and oysters. The parish comprises 3,560 acres; of which 470 are water. Real property, £7,081. Pop., 2,585. Houses, 589. The property is sub-divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £213. Patron, the Bishop of Peterborough. The church has a tower nearly 100 feet high, serving as a sea-mark; and contains brasses of a merchant, a nun, and W. Beriffe, 1579. There are a chapel of ease in Gothic architecture, and chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Swedenborgiaus.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851
Brightlingsea, a parish in the hund. of Tendring, union of Lexden and Winstree, county of Essex; 7½ miles south-east by south of Colchester, bounded on the west by the Colne river, and on the south by Brightlingsea Creek, forming a kind of peninsula. Living, a discharged vicarage, formerly in the archd. of Colchester and dio. of London, now in the dio. of Rochester; valued at £17 0s. 5d., and rated in the parliamentary returns at £104 19s. 10d.; gross income £213. The Swedenborgians have a place of worship here; the church was formed in 1813. There are in this parish six daily schools, one of which is endowed, three Sunday schools, and a New Jerusalem church. Fairs are held here on the first Thursday in June, and October 15th, for horses. Brightlingsea is a member of the Cinque-port of Sandwich. Pop., in 1811, 1,020; in 1831, 1,784. Houses 310. Acres 2,890. A. P. £4,056. Poor rates, in 1837, £682.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.
- County: Essex
- Civil Registration District: Lexden
- 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 - Tendring, Post-1846 - St Osyth
- Poor Law Union: Tendring
- Hundred: Tendring
- Province: Canterbury