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History of Little Maplestead

Little Maplestead, St John the Baptist Church c1955.  (Neg. L157002)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Little Maplestead, St John the Baptist Church c1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Little Maplestead 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 Maplestead inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

MAPLESTEAD, (LITTLE) a pleasant straggling village, 2 miles North of Halstead, has in its parish 407 souls, and >>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 Maplestead Criminal Cases

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

Education in Little Maplestead

Reports and returns on schools and education in Little Maplestead.

Images and Maps

Images and maps of Little Maplestead by Francis Frith.

Little Maplestead Poor

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

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My Little Maplestead Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Little Maplestead? 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 Little Maplestead from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Little Maplestead.

Search for Little Maplestead 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 |

Little Maplestead Church
Little Maplestead Church
print published 1834

The History and Antiquities of the Round Church at Little Maplestead, Essex on Google Books.

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.

1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: 017, 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.

Little Maplestead Church
Little Maplestead Church - 19th century print

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