Welcome to History House
History House is primarily about the county of Essex but there are many other interesting things on History House including tips, advice, and resources to help you research your ancestors; and interesting and unusual stories from British history.
5,260 pages on the website - and more to come.
Colchester Castle 1892
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
The history of Essex
Essex has a fascinating past: from the haunting scenery of the salt marshes to its fields and picturesque villages, and from the River Thames to Britian's first capital and oldest recorded town. Dip into the history of its towns, villages, parishes, and its people with History House.
Essex A to Z
Detailed information on each town and village in Essex is available through the A to Z directory.
Each location's page includes extracts from the 1848, 1863 and 1874 county directories which detail the history of the location and a list of the main inhabitants. A useful resource for tracking movements of your ancestors between the ten-yearly census.
Other useful information may include voters in elections, education and schooling, criminal cases, paupers and workhouses, and suggestions on other websites which may help you.
New on History House
- The frustrations of a Census Enumerator - a witty poem
- 1895 Directory for locations Stanford Rivers to Writtle. Abberton to Stanford-le-Hope remain to be done
- 1805 Ordnance Survey map added to the home page for each Essex location.
- Smash and Grab - When was the first Smash and Grab?
Law and Order in Essex
Essex Court Cases
Ongoing project to create a list of Essex court cases with the names of those involved. Information extracted from 19th century newspaper reports and gaol calendars. Also a guide on how to find information on your criminal ancestors in Essex.
Essex Police Records
Index to the names of Essex police officers from 1840 - 1910, and a guide on how to find more information on your police ancestors in Essex.