Pleshy Essex Family History Guide

Pleshy is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Pleshey

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1656
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Chignall Smealy
  • Great Waltham
  • High Easter

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PLESHEY, a parish, with an ancient village, in Chelmsford district, Essex; on a small affluent of the river Chelmer, 5½ miles NNW of Chelmsford r. station. Post-town, Chelmsford. Acres, 726. Real property, £1,365. Pop., 342. Houses, 80. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the duchy of Lancaster. The castle of the High Constables stood here; was built by William de Magnaville; was the residence of the Duke of Gloucester, the youngest son of Edward III.; and the place of his arrest, in 1397, by Richard II.; was the scene, in 1400, of the beheading of the Duke of Exeter by the populace; went into decay soon after that event; was used as a quarry, about 1600, for building a lodge, which stood till 1767; and is now represented by a mound, great earthworks, two moats, and a curious bridge. A Roman camp previously occupied the same ground; was about a mile in circuit; and has yielded some relics, and left some remains. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £125. Patron, J. Tufnell, Esq. The church comprises a nave of 1708, a chancel of 1748, and the transepts and tower of a quondam fine cruciform double-aisled church of late decorated date, which belonged to a college for 9 priests, founded in 1393, by the Duke of Gloucester; and it contains mural monuments of the Tufnells, and fragments of several ancient marble tombs. Charities, £9.

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


County: Essex
Civil Registration District: Chelmsford
Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
Diocese: Pre-1846 - London, Post-1845 - Rochester
Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - Dunmow, Post-1844 - Roding
Poor Law Union: Chelmsford
Hundred: Dunmow
Province: Canterbury