History of Hadleigh
The Castle, Hadleigh, 1891
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Hadleigh 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.
Voters in 1836 South Essex Election
Hadleigh inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
HADLEIGH is a small village and parish 2½ miles West North West of the fishing port of Leigh, and 6½ miles >>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.
Hadleigh Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Hadleigh residents - ongoing project >>more.
Places to visit
Hadleigh Castle: ruined castle with fine views of the Thames estuary. >>more
Education in Hadleigh
Reports and returns on schools and education in Hadleigh.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Hadleigh became part of the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Hadleigh
For images of Hadleigh see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Hadleigh see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
A look at a time when the farmers of Hadleigh and nearby parishes were faced with spate of arson attacks on their property. >>more
My Hadleigh Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Hadleigh? Why not tell us their story: My Hadleigh Ancestors.
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.
Find census returns for this location at Ancestry.co.uk.
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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 Hadleigh to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Hadleigh from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Hadleigh.
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 Hadleigh, such as: Hadleigh history.
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.
print published 1834
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
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Hadleigh - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Hadleigh - 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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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.
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