St Mary's Church, Birchanger.© Copyright Peter Stack contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Birchanger >> White's Directory 1848
BIRCHANGER, a small village and parish, 2 miles East North East of Bishop Stortford, contains 386 souls, and 1051 acres of land mostly belonging, with the manor and the patronage of the rectory, to the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford, to which it was granted by Edward III. N. Micklethwaite, Esq., and a few smaller owners, have estates here.
The Church (Virgin Mary,) is an ancient structure, on a commanding eminence, and has a nave and chancel of one pace, and a round tower crowned by a low shingled spire.
The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9.13s.4d., and in 1831 at £230, is enjoyed by the Rev. J.C.H. Stokes, of Manewden. The parsonage is a neat mansion, and the tithes have been commuted for £236.5s.8d. per annum.
Princes Wood, in this parish, was formerly a manor, in which a lawless court used to be held at midnight.
Back to History of Birchanger
Are your ancestors from Birchanger? Why not tell us their story: My Birchanger Ancestors.
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Find your ancestors in the newspapers.
Try our example search to discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Also look at other newspaper archives and learn how they can help you research your ancestors. >>more
Birchanger - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Birchanger - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.