Kirby le Soken, Essex Family History Guide

Kirby le Soken is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Kirby Cross, Upper Street, and Sneating.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1681
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Great Oakley
  • Thorpe le Soken
  • Beaumont with Moze
  • Walton le Soken
  • Great Holland
  • Frinton
  • Little Oakley

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KIRBY-LE-SOKEN, a village and a parish in Tendring district, Essex. The village stands adjacent to the Colchester and Walton railway, 2 miles W by N of Walton steam boat pier, and 12 by road SSW of Harwich; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Colchester. The parish contains also the hamlets of Kirby-Cross, Sneating, and Upper-Street; and includes several islands and marshes on the N. Acres, 4,757. Real property, £5,880. Pop., 879. Houses, 182. The property is divided among a few. There is a wharf on a creek. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £240. Patron, Three Trustees. The church was partly rebuilt in 1833, at a cost of £1,200; and it retains the original chancel and tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a parochial school, and charities £13.

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 Kirby-le-Soken, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Kirby-Le-Soken, 1813-1877 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Kirby-Le-Soken (Essex)


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Tendring
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Liberty of the Sokens
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - None, 1845-1847 - Tendring, Post 1846 - Harwich
  • Poor Law Union: Tendring
  • Hundred: Tendring
  • Province: Canterbury