Southend St John the Baptist, Essex Family History Guide

Southend St John the Baptist is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Essex, created in 1842 from Prittlewell Ancient Parish.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1842
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1842

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Southchurch
  • Prittlewell

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SOUTHEND, a small town and a chapelry in Prittlewell parish, Essex. The town stands on the Thames estuary, at the terminus of the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, 3½ miles WNW of Shoeburyness and 3½ S by E of Rochford; dates from a period not earlier than 1800; attracted notice, as a suitable watering-place, from a visit of Queen Caroline and Princess Charlotte in 1804; consists of good streets, with many commodious residences; includes Cliff-Town, which has been separately noticed; carries on a considerable coasting trade; communicates much with London, both by railway and by steamers; communicates also, by steamers, with Gravesend, Rochester, and Sheerness; and has a head post-office, a r. station with telegraph, excellent hotels, good sea-bathing appliances, assembly-rooms, baths, a literary institution and library, a pier 1¼ mile long, a church, an Independent chapel of 1865, a Wesleyan chapel, and a national school. The pier has a railway on it, for passengers to and from the steamers; was constructed at a cost of about £42,000; and was sold to the Eastern Counties railway company for £17,000. The chapelry was constituted in 1842. Pop. in 1861, 1,716. Houses, 293. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £50. Patrons, Three Trustees.

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


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Bannester Benjamin, Southend, Essex, druggist, April 3, 1824.

Bullock James, Southend, Essex, printer, July 10, 1832.

Hills Thomas, Southend, Essex, carpenter, Nov. 15, 1823.

Keer William, Southend, Essex, linen draper, Jan. 13, 1829.

Ramsden Richard, Southend, Essex, coach-master & horsedealer, May 9, 1826.

Thorn William Robert, Southend, Essex, victualler, July 11, 1834.

Whitbread William, Southend, Essex, linen draper, May 25, 1824.


Vision of Britain historical maps


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