Canewdon, Essex Family History Guide

Canewdon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Wallisea Island.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1636
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1801

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Independent/Congregational.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Ashingdon
  • Latchingdon with Snoreham
  • Hockley
  • Althorne
  • Purleigh
  • Burnham on Crouch
  • Foulness
  • South Fambridge
  • Little Wakering
  • Cricksea
  • Great Stambridge
  • Rochford
  • Little Stambridge
  • Paglesham
  • Sutton

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CANEWDON, a village and a parish in Rochford district, Essex. The village stands on the river Crouch, 3½ miles NNE of Rochford, and 6½ N of Southend r. station; and has a post office under Chelmsford, and a fair on 24 June. Canute, the Dane, held his court here; and the name Canewdon is a corruption of Canute’s Town. A Roman station also was here; and several Roman urns and a torso have been found. The parish includes part of Wallisea island. Acres, 4,071; of which 100 are water. Real property, £7,858. Pop., 664. Houses, 140. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £495. Patron, the Bishop of Peterborough. The church is later English, has a massive tower, and is very good. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £132.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Rochford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - Rochford, Post-1844 - Canewdon
  • Poor Law Union: Rochford
  • Hundred: Rochford
  • Province: Canterbury