Copford, Essex Family History Guide

Copford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Marks Tey
  • Birch
  • Layer Breton
  • Stanway
  • Layer Marney
  • Aldham
  • Easthorpe
  • Fordham

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COPFORD, a parish in Lexden district, Essex; on the river Roman, 1½ mile E of Marks-Tey r. station, and 4 WSW of Colchester. It has a post office under Colchester. Acres, 2,397. Real property, £4,428. Pop., 775. Houses, 163. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged formerly to the Bishops of London. Copford Hall is the seat of the Harrisons. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £680. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church has a Norman apse, and 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: 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 - Lexden, Post-1846 - Coggeshall
  • Poor Law Union: Lexden and Winstree
  • Hundred: Lexden
  • Province: Canterbury