Toppesfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.
Parish church: St. Margaret
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1559
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800
Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
TOPPESFIELD, a parish, with a village, in Halstead district, Essex; 2 miles SW of Yeldham r. station. It has a fair on 20 July. Post town, Halstead. Acres, 3,320. Real property, £4,886. Pop., 1,045. Houses, 214. The property is much subdivided. Roman relics were found in 1800. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £900. Patron, the Crown. The church was built in 1519, and is good. There are an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £10 a year, and charities £29.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848
TOPPESFIELD (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Halstead, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 8 miles (N. W.) from Halstead; containing 1073 inhabitants. It comprises by admeasurement 3220 acres, of which about 2870 are arable, 300 pasture, and 50 woodland. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £26; it is in the patronage of the Crown, and the tithes have been commuted for £1100, with a glebe of 20 acres. The church has a modern tower of brick, the original one of stone having been burnt down in 1700: under an arch in the south wall of the chancel is a very ancient tomb, and there are several interesting monuments in the church. The Independents have a place of worship.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848
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.
Burleigh William, Toppesfield, Essex, draper and tailor, April 23, 1830.
The following records are available free online.
Land and property
- 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