History of Brentwood

Brentwood, High Street and Town Hall 1895.  (Neg. 35669T)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Brentwood, High Street and Town Hall 1895
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Brentwood and its inhabitants.

Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.

For other locations in Essex use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.

Poll of Voters 1826

Brentwood inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.

Voters in 1836 South Essex Election

Brentwood inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

BRENTWOOD, a small but improving market town and chapelry, in South Weald parish, has a station on the Eastern Counties Railway >>more.

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.

White's Directory of Essex 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.

Essex Almanac 1870

Principal institutions, schools, hotels, and individuals - Essex Almanac.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Brentwood Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Brentwood residents - ongoing project >>more.

Brentwood Snippets

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Here's one for Brentwood.

Education in Brentwood

Reports and returns on schools and education in Brentwood.

Brentwood Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Brentwood became part of the Billericay Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

Images and Maps of Brentwood

For images of Brentwood see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of Brentwood see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

Feature articles

Fog descends on Brentwood causing a tragic accident in which nine railway workers die. >>more

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My Brentwood Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Brentwood? Why not tell us their story: My Brentwood Ancestors.

High Street, Brentwood © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006. http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/index.html
High Street, Brentwood
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.

More family and local history sources

New to researching your family tree or unsure where to find information? Take a look at our Your Ancestors section of the website. It contains tips, advice, links to resources, and stories.

Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.

Search for Brentwood census returns at Ancestry.co.uk.

1841 England Census | 1851 England Census | 1861 England Census
1871 England Census | 1881 England Census | 1891 England Census
1901 England Census | 1911 England Census

Search for Brentwood census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

1841 Census | 1851 Census | 1861 Census | 1871 Census | 1881 Census | 1891 Census | 1901 Census | 1911 Census

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All types of objects relating to family history are sold on Ebay. Photographs, copies of Wills, house conveyancing, bills of sale, and much, much more. See our article Essex Ancestors on eBay

If you're looking for pictures of Brentwood to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

Books featuring Brentwood from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Brentwood.

Books featuring Essex on Amazon. Just click the logo. This link is already formatted for Essex History in the book section. Refine the search to look for Brentwood, such as: Brentwood history.

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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.

Excellent detailed information on the history of Brentwood appears in the Victorian Counties History Volume 8 (1983) on the British History Online website.

Brief archeological history of Brentwood on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

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Essex Standard Newspaper

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

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Brentwood - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Brentwood - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

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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.