Rayne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RAYNE, a village and a parish in Braintree district, Essex. The village stands on the river Brain, 1¾ mile W of Braintree r. station; and has a post-office under Braintree. The parish comprises 1,676 acres. Real property, £3,374. Pop., 401. Houses, 82. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Earl of Essex. Clay for white bricks is worked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £480. Patron, the Earl of Essex. The church was rebuilt in 1840. Charities, £5.

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 Rayne, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Rayne, 1629-1640, 1715 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Rayne (Essex)

Bishop’s transcripts for Rayne, 1800-1866 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Rayne (Essex)


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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

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