East Donyland, Essex Family History Guide

East Donyland is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St Lawrence

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1731
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1801

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Abberton
  • Langenhoe
  • Fingringhoe
  • Berechurch
  • Colchester St Giles
  • Wivenhoe

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DONYLAND (East), a parish in Lexden district, Essex; on the river Colne, at the influx of the river Roman, adjacent to the Wivenhoe railway, 3½ miles SSE of Colchester. It has a post office under Colchester. Acres, 1,067. Real property, £2,845. Pop., 1,052. Houses, 258. The property is much subdivided. Donyland Heath is a meet for the Essex and Suffolk hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £209. Patron, P. Havens, Esq. The church was built in 1838; a national school in 1863. Charities, £10.

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


  • 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 - Mersea
  • Poor Law Union: Lexden and Winstree
  • Hundred: Lexden
  • Province: Canterbury