Fairstead is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex

Alternative names: Fairsted

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FAIRSTED, a parish in Witham district, Essex; 2¼ miles SW of White Notley r. station, and 4 WNW of Witham. Post town, White Notley, under Witham. Acres, 1,853. Real property, £2, 620. Pop., 351. Houses, 70. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £424. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church is ancient.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

FAIRSTEAD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Witham, N. division of Essex, 4 miles (W. N. W.) from Witham; containing 306 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the pleasantness of its situation and the beauty of the surrounding scenery, comprises about 1800 acres, whereof about 300 are woodland and pasture, and the remainder arable; a considerable portion is heavy and wet, and the substratum a whitish clayey marl. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £6. 13. 4., and in the gift of the Bishop of London: the tithes have been commuted for £479, and the glebe comprises 74 acres. The church is a small ancient edifice, with a tower of stone surmounted by a tall shingled spire, and contains several monuments, among which is one to Sir Antony Maxey and his lady, whose effigies in a kneeling posture are well sculptured.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.


Census returns for Fairsted, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Fairsted, 1629-1631 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Fairsted (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Fairsted, 1800-1877 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Fairsted (Essex)

Computer printout of Fairsted, Essex, Eng


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

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