Helion Bumpstead is an Ancient Parish partly in Cambridgeshire and partly in Essex

Alternative names:

  • Helion Bumpstead
  • Helions Bumpstead

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BUMPSTEAD-HELION, a parish in the district of Risbridge, and county of Essex; on the N verge of the county, and on the Halstead and Haverhill railway, near Birdbrook station, 8 miles NNE of Thaxted. It has a post-office under Newmarket. Acres, 3,191. Real property, £4,210. Pop., 887. Houses, 191. The property is divided among a few. The parish is a meet for the East Essex hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £174. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is good.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BUMPSTEAD-HELION (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Risbridge, hundred of Freshwell, N. division of Essex, 3¾ miles (S. W. by S.) from Haverhill; containing 906 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 3120 acres, of which 2390 are arable, and the remainder, with the exception of a small portion of pasture, chiefly woodland. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £13, and in the patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge; impropriators, the trustees of the late Richard Salwey, Esq. The great tithes have been commuted for £711. 9. 9., and the vicarial for £274. 3. 10.; the glebe consists of 3½ acres. The church is an ancient edifice of stone, with a tower of brick of modern date, and has been enlarged within the last few years. There was formerly a guild here, dedicated to St. Peter.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records


Poll Books


  • County: Essex; Cambridgeshire
  • Civil Registration District: Risbridge
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Sampford
  • Poor Law Union: Risbridge
  • Hundred: Freshwell; Chilford
  • Province: Canterbury

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