History of Pitsea

Pitsea © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
London Road, Pitsea, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

History of Pitsea >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

PITSEA, a village and parish, 5 miles West SouthWest of Rayleigh, and 4 miles North of the Thames, is at the head of a creek which runs up from that river at the west end of Canvey Island. It includes part of that island, and contains 304 souls, and 2048 acres of land, mostly a strong heavy soil.

At the Domesday Survey, it was called Piceseia, and was held by Euda Dapifer, who gave part of it to St.John's Abbey, Colchester.

Pitsea Hall, an old farm house, near the creek, gives name to a manor, which has been held by the Cromwell, Howard, and Cook families, and passed from the latter to that of Moyer.

Another manor, called Chalverton, has been held by the Fitzwalters, Howards, Prescotts, and Blincoes. The parish now belongs to various owners.

Pitsea © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006. http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/index.html
St Michael's Church, Pitsea, c.1905. Only the tower now remains.
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.

The Church (St. Michael,) stands on a commanding eminence, and is an ancient structure, consisting of a nave and chancel, with a stone tower, containing three bells, and crowned by a shingled spire.

The rectory, valued in K.B. at £16.13s.4d.,and in 1831 at £315, is in the alternate patronage of Viscountess Downe and J. Heatbcote, Esq., and in the incumbency of the Rev. Cbarles Hewitt, M.A., of Greenstead, near Colchester, for whom the Rev. L.T. Edwards, M.A., of Nevendon, officiates.

Back to History of Pitsea

my ancestors logo

My Ancestors.

Are your ancestors from Pitsea? Why not tell us their story: My Pitsea Ancestors.

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

Pitsea - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Pitsea - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of 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 Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.