Rainham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1570
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1630; 1800

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RAINHAM, a village and a parish in Romford district, Essex. The village stands on Ingerbury brook, 1¼ mile from its influx to the Thames, and on the London and Southend railway, 5 miles ESE of Barking; forms a considerable street; and has a station on the railway, a post-office under Romford, a bridge over the Ingerbury, and a quay at the brook’s mouth. The parish comprises 3,197 acres of land and 115 of water. Real property, £8,095. Pop., 924. Houses, 172. The property is divided among a few. R. Hall is the seat of Mrs. Irish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £412. Patron, H. G. Crosse, Esq. The church is old, and has a Norman arch. There are a national school, and charities £10.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The following records are available free online.


Census returns for Rainham, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Rainham, 1629-1630 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Rainham (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Rainham, 1800-1884 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Rainham (Essex)


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

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