Fairstead, Essex Family History Guide

Fairstead is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex

Alternative names: Fairsted

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker

Adjacent Parishes

  • Terling
  • White Notley
  • Faulkbourne
  • Black Notley
  • Great Leighs
  • Witham

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].

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


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