History of Mistley

Mistley, the Quay c1955.  (Neg. M131006)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Mistley, the Quay c1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Mistley 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.

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Poll of Voters 1847

Mistley inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

MISTLEY parish contains 2053, and had 976 inhabitants in 1841, but since then its population has increased, many houses, wharfs, >>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.

Essex Almanac 1866

Essex Almanac of 1866 - Mistley to in a description of Manningtree.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Mistley Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Mistley residents - ongoing project >>more.

Places to visit

Mistley Towers
Mistley Towers
©Robert Edwards
Photograph by kind permission of Robert Edwards,
contributor to the Geograph Project

Mistley Towers: two imposing towers which are the remains of a Robert Adams' church. >>more

Education in Mistley

Reports and returns on schools and education in Mistley.

Images and Maps

Sources of images and maps for Mistley.

Mistley Poor

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

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My Mistley Ancestors

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

Search for Mistley 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

Mistley Church
Mistley Church
print published 1834

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.

Community web site with some of the history of Mistley.

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.

Mistley Quay
Mistley Quay
print published 1834

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Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

Find your ancestors in the newspapers.
Try our example search to discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

Also look at other newspaper archives and learn how they can help you research your ancestors. >>more

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. Throughout this site you will find many examples of postcards you can find on Ebay, some orginals, others digitally restored and enhanced. To go straight to the ebay pages this link is formatted for .