History of Chelmsford

Chelmsford, High Street 1892, Essex.  (Neg. 31508)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Chelmsford, High Street 1892
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Chelmsford 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

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

White's Directory of Essex 1848

CHELMSFORD, the county town, is pleasantly situated near the centre of Essex, at the confluence of the rivers >>more (covers several pages and includes Springfield and Moulsham).

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants (covers several pages and includes Springfield and Moulsham).

Essex Almanac 1866

Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Criminal Cases

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

Chelmsford 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 are some for Chelmsford.

Education in Chelmsford

Reports and returns on schools and education in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Poor

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

Images and Maps of Chelsmford

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

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

Feature Articles

The story of the building of the Shire Hall with its courts and grand assembly room, plus a tragedy >> more

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My Chelmsford Ancestors

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

Moulsham Street, Chelmsford © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006. http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/index.html
Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
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 Chelmsford 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 Chelsmford census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

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

part of old deed

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 Chelsmford to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

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

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 Chelsmford, such as: Chelsmford 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.

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

Web site of Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment Museums.

Web site of the Essex Police Musuem at Chelmsford.

Web site with the history of Chelmsford Workhouse.

Chelmsford from Springfield Hill
Chelmsford from Springfield Hill
print published 1834

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Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

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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

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

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


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.