St Nicholas' Church
In the year of its consecration: 1895
Welcome to the home page for the History of Kelvedon Hatch and its inhabitants.
Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more local history sources' you will find to links to other places on the web where you can continue your research.
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Transcribed census returns from 1841 to 1891.
Listed inhabitants in various Trade Directories.
Schools and education in Kelvedon Hatch.
History of St Nicholas' Church and extracts from the registers.
War memorial - list of names and phtotgraphs.
References to Kelvedon Hatch in the Domesday Book.
Kelvedon Hatch and the English Civil War.
History of the grand Georgian country houses in Kelvedon Hatch.
Names of those landowners and occupants shown on the Tithe Map of 1837 for Kelvedon Hatch.
The Cold War secret of the Nuclear Bunker.
Various contributions on the subject of the history of Kelvedon Hatch.
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Books featuring Kelvedon Hatch from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Kelvedon Hatch.
Search for Kelvedon Hatch census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of Essex Archives Online which includes parish registers. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
Also try FreeReg: a database of parish registers transcribed by volunteers. The Essex coverage is increasing each day.
Brief archeological history of Kelvedon Hatch on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Ordnance Survey Maps for the 19th century
The best quality images by far are from the excellent National Library of Scotland's website. They provide the Ordnance Survey's six-inch series for England and Wales between 1842-1952. Either as individual sheets, or a zoomable overlay layer (1888-1913) on modern Google and OS maps, or as a zoomable layer (1888-1913) side-by-side with modern Google and OS maps.
Or try the 1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Heritage Gateway. Database of national and local records of England's historic sites and buildings. Includes records and photographs of all listed buildings, and historical and archaeological information on locations throughout England.
Go on a guided tour of Kelvedon Hatch, Essex, during the 19th and early 20th centuries. With the help of photographs, newspapers, parish records and census returns, the story of each house is revealed, as are the lives of some of their occupants.
It was a parish of many contrasts: from wealthy land-owners living in grand Georgian mansions with numerous servants, to agricultural workers struggling against poverty in overcrowded and dilapidated cottages. Discover how the landscape changed after the common land was enclosed, and how farmers struggled to cope with the agricultural depression. Find out about the role of the parish in WW1 when it was at the front line of Britain's fight against the Zeppelins. See how the new school was established and functioned, and why a new parish church was built. There are stories of crime, bankruptcy, poverty, scandal, revenge, leisure and migration.
Even if you have never been to Kelvedon Hatch, with the help of detailed maps and photographs, you will find yourself immersed in its history.
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