Ancestors lost in the crowd?
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Perhaps these articles on our website may help:
Census 1841 - 1911
Birth, Death and Marriage Registration
The London Gazette
History of Castle Hedingham
Welcome to the home page for the History of Castle Hedingham 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.
For other locations in Essex see our alphabetical list of Essex towns and villages.
Poll of Voters 1847
Castle Hedingham inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
HEDINGHAM, (CASTLE) a large and well-built village, with several good houses, shops, and inns, is situated upon >>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.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Castle Hedingham Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Castle Hedingham residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Castle Hedingham
Reports and returns on schools and education in Castle Hedingham.
Agriculture in Castle Hedingham
Report on employment in agriculture in Castle Hedingham in 1867.
Places to visit
Hedingham Castle: Norman keep built c.1140. With a magnificent Banqueting Hall and beautiful grounds. >>more
Images and Maps
Images and maps of Castle Hedingham by Francis Frith.
Castle Hedingham Poor
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Castle Hedingham became part of the Halstead Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Enter the Essex underworld: Castle Hedingham is plagued by a Victorian burglar and robber.>>more
My Castle Hedingham Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Castle Hedingham? Why not tell us their story: My Ancestors.
More local history sources
Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
Ebay is now a great source for 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. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box. >>
Also on Ebay are legal documents on vellum. This link is formatted for Essex. (Sometimes I think these should be in an archive.) >>
Books featuring Castle Hedingham from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Castle Hedingham.
Search for Castle Hedingham 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 SEAX and many of the parish registers are now available online. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
If you are unable to travel to the ERO, we provide a professional archival research service.
Brief archeological history of Castle Hedingham on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Excellent web site on the history of Castle Hedingham with old photographs and parish registers in spreadsheet format.
1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: 011, Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Ordnance Survey - type the place name in the gazetteer search box to view detailed map of Castle Hedingham.
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.