Farnham, Essex Family History Guide

Farnham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

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

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Little Hadham, Hertfordshire
  • Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • Manuden
  • Albury, Hertfordshire
  • Stanstead Mountfitchet

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].

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)


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