Chappel, Essex Family History Guide

Chappel is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Chapel, Pontesbright, Pontisbright

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Mount Bures
  • Great Tey
  • West Bergholt
  • Earls Colne
  • White Colne
  • Aldham
  • Wakes Colne
  • Fordham

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHAPEL, Chappel, or Pontisbright, a parish in Lexden district, Essex; on the Colne river and the Colne Valley railway, 7 miles WNW of Colchester. It has a station, of the name of Chapel, on the railway; and its Post Town is Marks-Tey, under Colchester. Acres, 1,146. Real property, £2,021. Pop., 370. Houses, 86. The property is much subdivided. The living is a p. curacy, under the vicarage of Great Tey, in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £70. Patrons, the Parishioners. The church is old but good, and has a spire.

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: Lexden
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - Lexden, Post-1846 - Halstead
  • Poor Law Union: Lexden and Winstree
  • Hundred: Lexden
  • Province: Canterbury