East Ham, Essex Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Greenstreet.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1696
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HAM, or (EAST HAM), a village and a parish in West Ham district, Essex. The village stands near the London and Southend railway, and near the river Roding, 1 mile WSW of Barking; and has a station on the railway, a police station, and a post office, of the name of East Ham, under Barking, London E. The parish contains also the hamlet of Greenstreet; and extends from Wanstead Flats to the Thames at North Woolwich. Acres, 495; of which 40 are water. Real property, £1,564. Pop. in 1851, 550; in 1861, 2,264. Houses, 333. The increase of pop. arose partly from the opening of the railway station, partly from the establishment of industrial schools belonging to St. George-in-the-East. The property is divided among a few. Some of the land is rich marsh, and affords pasturage for many cattle. The manor belonged anciently to Waltham abbey. Greenstreet House is said to have been built for Anne Boleyn, and belongs now to J. Morley, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London. Value, £865. Patron, Brasenose College, Oxford. The church is partly Norman; has a nave and two chancels, the upper chancel semicircular; and contains a piscina, and a monument to Edmund Neville, Lord Latimer. Dr. Stukeley, the antiquary, was buried in the churchyard. A new church was built in 1863, at a cost of about £3,000; is in the late first pointed style, with some foreign features; consists of nave, transepts, and chancel, with central tower; and stands in a central situation. There are national schools, alms houses with £75, and other charities, with £22.

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


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