Canvey Island, Essex Family History Guide

Canvey Island is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Essex, created in 1739 from Island in the River Thames.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1819
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include: Dutch Church

Adjacent Parishes

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Ashingdon
  • Fobbing
  • Bowers Gifford
  • Hadleigh
  • Little Warley
  • Corringham
  • South Benfleet

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CANVEY-ISLAND, a chapelry in Billericay and Rochford districts, Essex; encircled by the Thames, opposite the Hope, adjacent to Benfleet r. station, 4½ miles SW of Rayleigh. It comprises parts of Vauge, Pitsea, Bowers-Gifford, North Benfleet, South Benfleet, Hadleigh, Pritthewell, and Southchurch parishes; and its Post Town is South Benfleet, under Chelmsford. Acres, about 3,500. Pop., 111. The property is much subdivided. The surface is marshland sheep-pasture; and it is protected all round by embankment, and connected with the mainland by a causeway. Fairs are held on 25 June and 25 Sept. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £58. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church is good.

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: Billericay; Rochford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - Barstable, Post-1844 - Rochford
  • Poor Law Union: Rochford
  • Hundred: Barstable; Rochford
  • Province: Canterbury