Downham, Essex Family History Guide

Downham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Runwell
  • Wickford
  • South Hanningfield
  • Ramsden Bellhouse

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DOWNHAM, a parish in Billericay district, Essex; near the river Crouch, 4 miles E of Billericay, and 5 N of Pitsea r. station. Post town, Wickford, under Chelmsford. Acres, 2,223. Real property, £3,047. Pop., 247. Houses, 52. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £402. Patron, R. B. Berens, Esq. The church has a square embattled tower, and is good.

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


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