Messing, Essex Family History Guide

Messing is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Tiptree.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:


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


  • Parish registers: 1666
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Tolleshunt Knights
  • Birch
  • Inworth
  • Layer Marney
  • Easthorpe
  • Great Wigborough
  • Feering

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MESSlNG, a village and a parish in Witham district, Essex. The village stands 2 miles E of Blackwater river, 2¾ ENE of Kelvedon r. station, and 3¾ SE of Coggeshall; is supposed to have got its name from Saxon words, signifying “the field of trampling,’’ in allusion to a battle between Queen Boadicea and the Romans; and has a post office under Kelvedon, and a fair on the first Tuesday of July. The parish comprises 2,549 acres. Real property, £4,217. Pop., 813. Houses, 164. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged formerly to the Luckyns, and belongs now to the Earl of Verulam. An ancient camp was on Harborough Hall Farm; and Roman pottery has been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £370. Patron, the Earl of Verulam. The church is an ancient edifice, founded by Sir William de Messing; has been modernized and considerably enlarged; includes two new transepts, and a red brick and compo tower; and contains oak-panelling of the time of James I., a finely carved font, a piscina, and two brasses. There are a national school, and charities £4.

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


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Archer William, Messing, Essex, grocer, Feb. 24, 1835.

Snelling John, Messing, Essex, grocer, Jan. 9, 1838.


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: Pre-1847 - Lexden, Post-1846 - Coggeshall
  • Poor Law Union: Witham
  • Hundred: Lexden
  • Province: Canterbury