Ridgewell, Essex Family History Guide

Ridgewell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Ridgwell

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1562
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1813

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Independent/Congregational.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RIDGWELL, a village and a parish in Halstead district, Essex. The village stands on the Via Devana, 1¾ mile NW of Yeldham r. station, and 5½ SE of Haverhill; occupies the site of a Roman settlement; has yielded many British and Roman antiquities, including parts of a Roman villa; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Halstead. The parish comprises 1,717 acres. Real property, £3,619. Pep., 795. Houses, 166. The property is subdivided. R. Hall is a farm-house. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £192. Patron, St. Catherine College, Cambridge. The church is tolerable. There is an Independent chapel.

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 Ridgwell, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptisms, 1814-1836 Author: Independent Church (Ridgewell)

Bishop’s transcripts for Cornish-Hall-End, 1842-1870 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Cornish-Hall-End (Essex)

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

Bishop’s transcripts for Ridgwell, 1802-1876 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Ridgwell (Essex)

Parish register printouts of Ridgewell, Essex, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1813-1835 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Halstead
  • 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 - Hedingham, Post-1844 - Yeldham
  • Poor Law Union: Halstead
  • Hundred: Hinckford
  • Province: Canterbury