Ancestors lost in the crowd?
New to family history research?
Perhaps these articles on our website may help:
Census 1841 - 1911
Birth, Death and Marriage Registration
The London Gazette
History of Lexden
Lexden (from a print c.1823
Welcome to the home page for the History of Lexden 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
Lexden inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
LEXDEN PARISH, is in the Borough of Colchester. It is a large parish, mostly on the south side of the river Colne, and >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants (under Colchester).
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
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 Lexden.
Lexden Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Lexden residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Lexden
Reports and returns on schools and education in Lexden.
Images and Maps
Images and maps of Lexden by Francis Frith.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Lexden became part of the Colchester Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
My Lexden Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Lexden? 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 Lexden from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Layer Breton.
Search for Lexden census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
Website of the Lexden History Group with photographs and other information on Lexden.
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.
Excellent detailed information on the history of Lexden appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: Outlying parts of the Liberty: Lexden, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 9: The Borough of Colchester (1994).
1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: 027, Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Ordnance Survey - type the place name in the gazetteer search box to view detailed map of Lexden.
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.