Panfield Essex Family History Guide

Panfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Pantfield

Parish church: St. Mary and St. Christopher

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1569
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PANFIELD, or Pantfield, a parish in Braintree district, Essex; near the river Pant, 2 miles NW by N of Braintree r. station. Post-town, Braintree. Acres, 1,475. Real property, £2,532. Pop., 308. Houses, 71. The property is much subdivided. Panfield Hall was built in 1546; and is a fine structure, with square tower and clustered chimneys. A Benedictine priory was built, about ½ a mile N of the church, in 1250; was a cell to Caen abbey in Normandy; came to the Crown in 1460; was given, at the dissolution, to Sir Giles Capel; and has left no remains. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £502. Patron, the Rev. E. J. Hill. The church, in the Perpendicular style, is a small handsome edifice, beautifully restored.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

PANFIELD (St. Mary and St. Christopher), a parish, in the union of Braintree, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 2 miles (N. W. by N.) from Braintree; containing 299 inhabitants. An alien priory of Benedictine monks, subordinate to the abbey of St. Stephen, at Caen, in Normandy, was founded here in the reign of William the Conqueror; in that of Henry V. it became parcel of the possessions of the convent of Canterbury, and at the Dissolution was granted to Sir Giles Capel. The parish is bounded on the north-east by the river Blackwater, and comprises 1475a. 19p., of which about 1200 acres are arable, 130 pasture, and 120 wood: the surface is agreeably diversified, and enriched with foliage; the soil is generally a strong loam, resting on clay. Panfield Hall, built in 1546, is a curious specimen of the domestic architecture of that period, subsequently modernised by frequent alterations and repairs. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £10. 10.; patron and incumbent, the Rev. R. L. Page: the tithes have been commuted for £500, and the glebe comprises 7 acres. The church is a small edifice, with a tower surmounted by a shingled spire; the altar-piece is handsome, and there are some remains of ancient stained glass in the windows.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


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