History of South Shoebury (Shoeburyness)

Shoeburyness, the Garrison Clock Tower c1955.  (Neg. S275006)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
Shoeburyness, the Garrison Clock Tower c1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of South Shoebury (Shoeburyness) 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.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

SHOEBURY (SOUTH) is a small village and parish, on Shoebury Ness, which juts to a point in the ocean at the mouth of the Thames, 6 miles >>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.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

South Shoebury (Shoeburyness) Criminal Cases

Court cases involving South Shoebury (Shoeburyness) residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in South Shoebury (Shoeburyness)

Reports and returns on schools and education in South Shoebury (Shoeburyness).

Images and Maps

Images and maps of South Shoebury by Francis Frith.

South Shoebury (Shoeburyness) Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, South Shoebury (Shoeburyness) became part of the Rochford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

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My South Shoebury Ancestors

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

Search for South Shoebury (Shoeburyness)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

High Street, Shoeburyness © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006. http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/index.html
Coast Guard Station, Shoeburyness
Reproduced courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay.
Quality reproductions of old photographs.

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.

Parish Church web site for St Andrew with St Peter Church with some history of the church and the area.

Personal web site with old photographs of Shoeburyness.

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.

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