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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 Great Coggeshall (Coggeshall)
Welcome to the home page for the History of Great Coggeshall 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.
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.
Poll of Voters 1826
Great Coggeshall inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Poll of Voters 1847
Great Coggeshall inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
COGGESHALL, a small ancient town, is pleasantly situated on the north side of the river Blackwater, and on the >>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 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Great Coggeshall.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Great Coggeshall Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Great Coggeshall residents - ongoing project >>more.
Great Coggeshall 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 some for Coggeshall.
Education in Great Coggeshall
Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Coggeshall.
Agriculture in Great Coggeshall
Report on employment in agriculture in Great Coggeshall in 1867.
Places to visit
Grange Barn, an impressive early 13th century barn over 130 feet long. >>more
Images and Maps
Images and maps of Great Coggeshall by Francis Frith.
Great Coggeshall Poor
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Great Coggeshall became part of the Witham Union, later the Braintree Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
My Great Coggeshall Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Great Coggeshall? 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 Coggeshall from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Coggeshall.
Search for Great Coggeshall 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.
Coggeshall Museum website with burial and baptism records.
Brief archeological history of Great Coggeshall on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Coggeshall Musuem web site with some additional history information.
Church of St Peter ad Vincula Coggeshall.
1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: 026, Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Ordnance Survey - type the place name in the gazetteer search box to view detailed map of Great Coggeshall.
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.
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