Woodford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Woodford Green and Woodford Wells.

Alternative names: Woodford St Mary

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1638
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WOODFORD-ST. MARY, a parish in West Ham district, Essex; on the Stratford and Ongar railway, 4¼ miles N by E of Stratford. It has a r. station, of the name of Woodford; and it contains W.-Green village, with a head post-office. W.-Bridge village, with a post-office under Chigwell-Road, and W. village and W.-Wells village, with post-offices under W.-Green. Acres, 2,148. Real property, £18,277. Pop. in 1851, 2,774; in 1861, 3,457. Houses, 631. The increase of pop. arose from erection of houses consequent upon railway communication with London. The manors belong to the Earl of Cowley and E. Warner, Esq. There are many fine mansions, and numerous good villas. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £779. Patron, the Earl of Cowley. The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1817, at a cost of £9,000. The vicarage of W.-Bridge is a separate benefice. There are Independent and Wesleyan chapels, national schools, and charities £85. Sydney Smith was a native.

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.

Bennett Richard, Woodford, Essex, blacksmith and farrier, July 31, 1824.

Lyon William, jun., Woodford, Essex, chemist and druggist, Oct. 28, 1842.

Rogers Edward Thomas, Woodford, Essex. smith & ironmonger, Nov. 1, 1839.

Savill John, Woodford, Essex, grocer and dealer, Nov. 3, 1826.

Walter Thomas, George lnn, Woodford, Essex, victualler, Nov. 27, 1827.

Whitehead John, Woodford, Essex, dyer & manufacturer, May б, 1836.

Parish Records

Search Results for FamilySearch Catalog – Woodford-St. Mary

England, Essex, Woodford-St. Mary – Cemeteries ( 1 )
An Index to burials for Woodford, Essex, 1638-1812
Author: East of London Family History Society

England, Essex, Woodford-St. Mary – Census – 1881 – Indexes ( 1 )
Index to the 1881 census of Woodford, Essex
Author: Waltham Forest Archives

England, Essex, Woodford-St. Mary – Church history ( 3 )
A history of the parish church of Woodford in the county of Essex
Author: Emler, F. G.

The history of the Woodford Green United Free church
Author: Galey, R. L.

The story of Woodford Baptist Church, 1881 to 1981
Author: Ling, Harold G.

England, Essex, Woodford-St. Mary – Church records ( 3 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Woodford-St. Mary, 1800-1866
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Woodford-St. Mary (Essex); Church of England. Chapelry of Woodford-Bridge (Essex)

Parish registers for St. Barnabas’ Church, Woodford-Green, 1904-1970
Author: Church of England. St. Barnabas’ Church (Woodford-Green, Essex)

Parish registers for Woodford-Bridge, 1854-1975
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Woodford-Bridge (Essex); Essex Record Office

England, Essex, Woodford-St. Mary – Directories ( 4 )
Directory of Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Chingford & Wanstead : containing the names of the private and commercial residents, alphabetically arranged; with almanac, historical notes, and a variety of local information

Directory of Woodford, Wanstead, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Loughton, and Chingford : containing the private and commercial residents, alphabetically arranged and the trades classified; with a coloured map of the county of Essex, and historical notes; and local intelligence

Kelly’s directory of the borough of Wanstead and Woodford

Kelly’s directory of Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton and Chingford : the work comprises alphabetical lists of streets, private residents & tradesmen and official information; and a visitors’ guide to pleasure and health resorts

England, Essex, Woodford-St. Mary – Schools ( 2 )
Bancroft’s School, 1737-1937
Author: Francombe, D. C. R.; Coult, D. E; Bancroft’s School (Woodford, Essex)

Woodford, Essex 1600-1836 : a study of local government in a residential parish
Author: Erith, E. J.

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Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: West Ham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Barking
  • Poor Law Union: West Ham
  • Hundred: Becontree
  • Province: Canterbury

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