History of Great Dunmow (Dunmow)

Great Dunmow © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Church Street, Great Dunmow, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Great Dunmow 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.

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.

Poll of Voters 1847

Great Dunmow inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

DUNMOW, (GREAT) a small ancient Market Town, which gives name to this Hundred, and to a Polling District, a Deanery, and a large Union >>more.

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

Post Office Directory of Essex 1863

Post Office Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.

Essex Almanac 1866

Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Great Dunmow.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Great Dunmow Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Great Dunmow residents - ongoing project >>more.

Places to visit

Easton Lodge Gardens: A beautiful, romantic and magical 23-acre garden. more >>

Great Dunmow 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 Great Dunmow.

Education in Great Dunmow

Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Dunmow.

Great Dunmow Poor

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

Images and Maps of Great Dunmow

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

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

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My Great Dunmow Ancestors

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St Mary's Church, Great Dunmow.
© Copyright John Salmon contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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

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

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 Great Dunmow, such as: Great Dunmow 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 Great Dunmow on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.

Web site on the history of Dunmow Workhouse.

Web site on the ancient custom of the Dunmow Flitch Trial and its history.

Essex Voices Past, a study of Great Dunmow from the churchwarden accounts which recorded the parish church's finances between 1526 and 1621. Transcription of many names.

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.

Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

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Great Dunmow - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Great Dunmow - 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.