Prittlewell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Middleton and Milton.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1645
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Protestant Dissenters. 

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PRITTLEWELL, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Rochford district, Essex. The village stands on the slope of a hill, 1 mile N of Southend r. station; is an ancient place, known in the time of Edward the Confessor; takes its name from a well situated at an ancient priory, and feeding several fish-ponds; consists of two streets, at right angles with each other; and has a post-office under Chelmsford, and a fair on 15 and 16 July. The parish contains also the town of Southend, and the hamlet of Milton; includes a part of Canvey island; and comprises 5,248 acres of land, and 6,045 of water. Real property, £17,392; of which £570 are in fisheries. Pop. in 1851, 2,462; in 1861, 3,427. Houses, 600. The manor, with P. Priory, belongs to D. R. Scratton, Esq. A Cluniac priory was founded here, in the time of Henry II., by R. Fitzswaine; went, at the dissolution, to the Audleys; and is partly preserved in the present cognominal mansion. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £365. Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church stands at the junction of the village’s two streets, on the top of the hill; is later English; and has a lofty tower, which serves as a sea-mark. The p. curacy of Southend is a separate benefice. There are an endowed school with £23 a year, and charities £31. The sub-district contains also two other parishes. Acres, 18,089. Pop., 5,394. Houses, 982.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

PRITTLEWELL (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Rochford, S. division of Essex, 19 miles (S. E.) from Chelmsford; containing 2239 inhabitants. The parish borders on the Thames, and includes Southend, a pleasant bathing-place, a short distance above which is Crow Stone, marking the extreme eastern boundary of the jurisdiction of the mayor of London, as conservator of the river. The village of Prittlewell is agreeably situated, and contains several handsome modern houses. A fair is held on the 15th of July. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £18. 13. 4.; net income, £308; patron, the Bishop of London; impropriator, Sir Thomas Neave, Bart. The church is in the later English style, with a fine pinnacled tower, which serves as an excellent landmark. At Southend is a separate incumbency. In the parish is a school on the national system, partly supported by an endowment of £23 per annum. A Cluniac priory in honour of St. Mary, subordinate to the abbey of Lewes, in Sussex, was founded here in the reign of Henry II., by Robert Fitz-Swaine: at the Dissolution it had a revenue of £194. 14. 3.

Parish Records


Poll Books


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Rochford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Bocking, Post-1844 – Canewdon
  • Poor Law Union: Rochford
  • Hundred: Rochford
  • Province: Canterbury

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