History of Saffron Walden

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Bridge Street, Saffron Walden, 1907
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Welcome to the home page for the History of Saffron Walden and its inhabitants.

Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.

For other locations in Essex use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.

Poll of Voters 1847

Saffron Walden inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

SAFFRON WALDEN is a municipal borough and handsome market town, delightfully situated in the heart of >>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 - a description of Saffron Walden.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Saffron Walden Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Saffron Walden residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in Saffron Walden

Reports and returns on schools and education in Saffron Walden.

Saffron Walden Snippets

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Here's one for Saffron Walden.

Places to visit

Audley End - Grand house once owned by Charles II. >>more

Saffron Walden Poor

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

Images and Maps of Saffron Walden

For images of Saffron Walden see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of Saffron Walden see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

Saffron Walden Workhouse 1800 - 1815

List of names of those in Saffron Waldon Workhouse between 1800 and 1815.

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My Saffron Walden Ancestors

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Saffron Walden.
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More family and local history sources

New to researching your family tree or unsure where to find information? Take a look at our Your Ancestors section of the website. It contains tips, advice, links to resources, and stories.

Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.

Search for Saffron Walden 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

Search for Saffron Walden census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

1841 Census | 1851 Census | 1861 Census | 1871 Census | 1881 Census | 1891 Census | 1901 Census | 1911 Census

part of old deed

All types of objects relating to family history are sold on Ebay. Photographs, copies of Wills, house conveyancing, bills of sale, and much, much more. See our article Essex Ancestors on eBay

If you're looking for pictures of Saffron Walden to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

Books featuring Saffron Walden from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Saffron Walden.

Books featuring Essex on Amazon. Just click the logo. This link is already formatted for Essex History in the book section. Refine the search to look for Saffron Walden, such as: Saffron Walden history.

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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. There is also a Archive Access Point at Saffron Walden Library.

Also try FreeReg: a database of parish registers transcribed by volunteers. The Essex coverage is increasing each day.

Archeological history of Saffron Walden on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.

Website with the history of Saffron Walden containing census returns, images and numerous other useful records.

Essex1841.com transcript of 1841 census

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.

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Saffron Walden - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Saffron Walden - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?

High Street, Saffron Walden
Postcard of Saffron Walden.

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.