Woodford, Essex Family History Guide

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

  • Chingford
  • Wanstead
  • Buckhurst Hill
  • Woodford Bridge
  • Walthamstow St John

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.


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