Farnham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FARNHAM, a parish in the district of Bishop-Stortford, and county of Essex; adjacent to the river Stort and to the boundary with Herts, 2 miles W by N of Stanstead r. station, and 2½ N of Bishop-Stortford. It has a post office under Bishop-Stortford. Acres, 1,966. Real property, £2,825. Pop., 556. Houses, 113. Farnham Hall is a principal residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £518. Patron, Trinity College, Oxford. The church is a low building, with a tower. An endowed school has £45; and other charities £16.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

FARNHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Bishop-Stortford, hundred of Clavering, N. division of Essex, 3¼ miles (W. by N.) from Stansted-Mountfitchet; containing 549 inhabitants. It borders closely on the county of Hertford. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £23. 8. 9., and in the gift of Trinity College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £607, and the glebe contains 23 acres, to which there is a house. The church, a small low edifice with a tower, contains several ancient monuments. A school, conducted on the national plan, is endowed with £45 per annum; and there are some small bequests for the poor.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.


Census returns for Farnham, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Farnham, 1629-1630 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Farnham (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Farnham, 1800-1868 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Farnham (Essex)

Parish registers for Farnham, 1558-1971 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Farnham (Essex)


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Bishops Stortford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Newport
  • Poor Law Union: Bishop’s Stortford
  • Hundred: Clavering (Essex)
  • Province: Canterbury

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