History of Little Horkesley

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Little Horkesley
St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Little Horkesley
©Robert Edwards
Photograph by kind permission of Robert Edwards,
contributor to the Geograph Project

Welcome to the home page for the History of Little Horkesley 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

Little Horkesley inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

HORKESLEY (LITTLE) is a parish of scattered houses on the south side of the vale of the Stour, including Westwood >>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.

Little Horkesley Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Little Horkesley residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in Little Horkesley

Reports and returns on schools and education in Little Horkesley.

Little Horkesley Poor

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

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My Little Horkesley Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Little Horkesley? Why not tell us their story: My Little Horkesley 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 Little Horkesley from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Little Horkesley.

Search for Little Horkesley 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

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.

Excellent detailed information on the history of Little Horkesley appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: Little Horkesley, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10: Lexden Hundred (Part) including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe (2001).

Little Horkesley War Memorial transcription.

Little Horkesley marriage register for 1568-1837 transcribed in Phillimore's marriages for Essex volume 4 on Family History Archive.

Ordnance Survey Maps for the 19th century

The best quality images by far are from the excellent National Library of Scotland's website. They provide the Ordnance Survey's six-inch series for England and Wales between 1842-1952. Either as individual sheets, or a zoomable overlay layer (1888-1913) on modern Google and OS maps, or as a zoomable layer (1888-1913) side-by-side with modern Google and OS maps.

Or try the 1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).

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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