Cranham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Bishop’s-Ockingdon, Cravenham

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CRANHAM, a parish in Romford district, Essex; 3½ miles NE of Rainham r. station, and 4¼ SE by E of Romford. Post town, Upminster, under Romford, London, E. Acres, 1,875. Real property, £3,184. Pop., 385. Houses, 76. The property is much subdivided. Cranham Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £560. Patron, St. John’s College, Oxford. The church is good.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CRANHAM (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Romford, hundred of Chafford, S. division of Essex, 4 miles (S. E. by E.) from Romford; containing 280 inhabitants. This parish, which was formerly known by the names of Bishop’s-Ockingdon and Cravenham, comprises 1875a. 22p., whereof upwards of 1000 acres are arable, 647 meadow and pasture, and 91 woodland. The surface rises towards the north; the soil is stiff and clayey in some parts, and in others of lighter quality. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £13. 13. 4., and in the patronage of St. John’s College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £560, and the glebe comprises 36 acres, with a glebe-house. The church is an ancient edifice, containing some monuments.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

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