History of Saffron Walden
Bridge Street, Saffron Walden, 1907
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
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.
List of names of those in Saffron Waldon Workhouse between 1800 and 1815.
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.
My Saffron Walden Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Saffron Walden? Why not tell us their story: My Saffron Walden Ancestors.
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.
Find census returns for this location at Ancestry.co.uk.
Find census returns for this location at Findmypast.co.uk.
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.
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
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Saffron Walden - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Saffron Walden - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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Their website contains more information and sets out the difference between the options.
Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?
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.
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