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History of Mistley
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.
For other locations in Essex see our alphabetical list of Essex towns and villages.
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
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
Images and maps of Mistley by Francis Frith.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Mistley became part of the Tendring Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
My Mistley Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Mistley? 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 Mistley from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Mistley.
Search for Mistley census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
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 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.
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.
print published 1834