Ovington Essex Family History Guide

Ovington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Belchamp St Ethelbert.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1630

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational. 

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OVINGTON, a parish in the district of Risbridge and county of Essex; near the river Stour at the boundary with Essex, 2 miles S by W of Clare, and 2½ N by E of Yeldham r. station. It appears on record so early as the time of Edward the Confessor; and it includes the quondam parish of Belchamp, St. Ethelbert. Post-town, Clare, under Sudbury. Acres, 705. Real property, £1,122. Pop., 145. Houses, 32. Ovington Hall is now a farm-house. The living is a rectory, united with the rectories of Belchamp, St. Ethelbert and Tilbury, and with the chapelry of Allbrights, in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £547. Patron, the Rev.J. Fisher. The church is ancient and small.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

OVINGTON, a parish, in the union of Risbridge, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 2¼ miles (S. by W.) from Clare; containing 166 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, with that of Tilbury consolidated, valued in the king's books at £7, and in the gift of John Fisher, Esq.: the tithes of Ovington have been commuted for £207, and the glebe comprises 22 acres. The church, a small neat edifice, is pleasantly seated on an eminence surrounded with trees.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


County: Essex
Civil Registration District: Risbridge
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - Hedingham, Post-1846 - Yeldham
Poor Law Union: Risbridge
Hundred: Hinckford
Province: Canterbury