Great Braxted is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Brackstead

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRAXTED (Great), a parish in Witham district, Essex; on the river Blackwater, adjacent to the E. astern Counties railway, 2 miles ENE of Witham. Post Town, Witham. Acres, 2,631. Real property, £4,637. Pop., 384. Houses, 86. The property is all in one estate. Braxted Park, a handsome mansion, amid extensive grounds, is the seat of Du Cane, Esq. A black priory stood at Tiptree; and was founded about the time of Edward I. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £544. Patron, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The church has some Norman portions, and is good. Charities, £19.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BRAXTED, GREAT (All Saints), a parish, in the union and hundred of Witham, N. division of Essex, 2 miles (E. by N.) from Witham; containing 410 inhabitants. Tiptree Heath, which takes its name from the manor belonging to an ancient priory here that was given to Cardinal Wolsey for the endowment of his two colleges, originally formed part of the great forest of Essex; it is now inclosed. A fair for cattle and toys is held on the 25th of July. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £19, and in the patronage of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge: the tithes have been commuted for £600, and the glebe comprises 65 acres. The church is a small ancient edifice, with a tower surmounted by a shingled spire, and is seated on an eminence commanding an extensive prospect: it displays some remains of Norman architecture. The priory, which was for Black canons, in honour of St. Nicholas, was founded in the reign of Edward I., and at the time of its dissolution had a revenue of £22. 6. 4.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.

Census

Census returns for Braxted, Great and Little, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Great Braxted, 1629-1640 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Braxted (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Great Braxted, 1800-1865 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Braxted (Essex)

Parish registers for Great Braxted, 1558-1988 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Braxted (Essex)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers accounts, 1715-1836 Author: Great Braxted (Essex)

Taxation

Overseers accounts, 1715-1836 Author: Great Braxted (Essex)

Directories

Poll Books

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • 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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