Danbury Essex Family History Guide

Danbury is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Bicknacre and Runsell.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1673
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629-30; 1800

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Adjacent Parishes

  • Little Baddow
  • Woodham Mortimer
  • Purleigh
  • Woodham Walter
  • Sandon
  • Springfield
  • Woodham Ferrers

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DANBURY, a village and a parish in Chelmsford district, Essex. The village stands on high ground, 4½ miles E by S of Chelmsford r. station; and has a post office under Chelmsford, and a fair on Shrove Tuesday. Its name is a contraction of Danesbury, signifying the "town or castle of the Danes." The parish includes also Runsell hamlet and part of Bicknacre. Acres, 2,950. Real property, with the rest of Bicknacre, £4,243. Pop., 1,113. Houses, 236. The manor was held, at Domesday, by Geoffrey de Mandeville; passed to the St. Cleres, the Veres, the Greys, the Darceys, and the Mildmays; and belongs now to Sir B. W. Bridges, Bart. Danbury Place, now called Danbury Palace, was the seat of the Rounds; and is now the residence of the bishop of Rochester, having been purchased by the ecclesiastical commissioners, in 1851, for £24,700. Daubury Hill, at the village, is 700 feet high; and has vestiges of an ancient camp, 680 yards in circuit. The parish is a meet for the Essex Union hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £435. Patron, Sir B. W. Bridges, Bart. The church has a stone tower and a lofty wooden spire; and contains effigies of the St. Cleres. There are national schools, and charities £44.

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


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