Roydon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1567
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Independent/Congregational.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ROYDON, a village and a parish in Epping district, Essex. The village stands on the river Stort, and on the Eastern Counties railway, at the boundary with Herts, 4½ miles W by S of Harlow; is sometimes called Woodredon; was formerly a market-town; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Ware. The parish comprises 2,995 acres. Rated property, £6,254. Pop., 910. Houses, 186. The property is subdivided. R. Lodge and Mount Pleasant are chief residences. Nether Hall, an ancient mansion, belonged to the Colte family, but is now represented only by agateway; and the property connected with it belongs now to J. A. Houblon, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £150. Patron, the Earl of Mornington. The church was repaired in 1854; and has an embattled tower and a new spire. There are an Independent chapel which was enlarged in 1865, an endowed school with £47 a year, and charities £11.

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 Roydon, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Roydon, 1800-1871 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Roydon (Essex)

Church records, 1810-1939 Author: Congregational Church (Royden, Essex)


Poll Books


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Epping
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Harlow
  • Poor Law Union: Epping
  • Hundred: Harlow; Waltham
  • Province: Canterbury

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