Kelvedon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KELVEDON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Witham district, Essex. The village stands partly on a rising ground, on the right bank of the river Blackwater, adjacent to the Eastern Counties railway, 3½ miles NE of Witham; is an ancient place; consists chiefly of one street, about a mile in length; is connected by a bridge with Gore-Pits in Feering parish; and has a head post office, a railway station with telegraph, and a fair on Easter Monday. The parish comprises 3,167 acres. Real property, £7,080. Pop. in 1851, 1,633; in 1861, 1,741. Houses, 350. The manor belonged anciently to Edward the Confessor; and is now divided into two manors, belonging to the Bishop of London and to T. B. Western, Esq. Felix Hall, the seat of Mr. Western, is a modern edifice, in a fine park; and commands a charming view over the valley of the Blackwater. The massacre of the Danes began in Kelvedon; and a silver ring, with Danish initials, has been found. William III. was here in 1691, again in 1692, and slept at an inn in the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £500. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church has early English pillars and arches, and a later English nave-roof; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and has been considerably improved. There are chapels for Independents and Quakers, a British school, an endowed national school, with £55 a year, and charities £12. The sub-district contains also five other parishes. Acres, 14,053. Pop., 4,423. Houses, 927.

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 Kelvedon, 1841-1891

Church Records

Births and baptisms, 1811-1837 Author: Independent Church (Kelvedon)

Bishop’s transcripts for Kelvedon, 1639-1640 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Kelvedon (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Kelvedon, 1800-1872 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Kelvedon (Essex)

Church records, 1811-1915 Author: Congregational Church (Kelvedon, Essex)

Parish register transcripts, 1558-1900 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Kelvedon (Essex)

Parish register printouts of Kelvedon, Essex, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1811-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


Poll Books


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

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