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.
My Essex Ancestors
Tell the story of your Essex Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Essex? Why not tell us their story. Who were they? When were they here? What they did they do? Where did they go? Have you an interesting story to tell about them?
Go to our A to Z directory, click on the location where they lived and follow the My Ancestors link halfway down the page.
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.
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Articles on Essex History, Researching Your Ancestors, and British History
Buried in wool
At look at why your ancestors may have been 'buried in wool'.
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. Here are some examples, or look at our index to snippets.
Read the latest history news for Essex and UK, covering all aspects of history and resources to aid research.