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History of Marks Hall

Marks Hall

Arboretum, Marks Hall Estate, © History House

Welcome to the home page for the History of Marks Hall 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.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

MARKSHALL is a small parish near the source of a rivulet, 2 miles North by West of Coggeshall, containing only >>more.

Marks Hall Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Marks Hall residents - ongoing project >>more.

Places to visit

Marks Hall Estate - Gardens and Arboretum

Education in Marks Hall

Reports and returns on schools and education in Marks Hall.

Agriculture in Marks Hall

Report on employment in agriculture in Marks Hall in 1867.

Marks Hall Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Marks Hall became part of the Witham Union, later the Braintree Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

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My Marks Hall Ancestors

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

Search for Marks Hall census returns at

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 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.

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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