Welcome to the home page for the History of Steeple Bumpstead 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 use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.
Steeple Bumpstead inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
BUMPSTEAD, (STEEPLE) is a large and pleasant village, with several good houses on the banks of a tributary stream of the Stour >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Court cases involving Steeple Bumpstead residents - ongoing project >>more.
Reports and returns on schools and education in Steeple Bumpstead.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Steeple Bumpstead became part of the Risbridge Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Are your ancestors from Steeple Bumpstead? Why not tell us their story: My Steeple Bumpstead Ancestors.
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. >> Essex Postcards
Also on Ebay are legal documents on vellum. This link is formatted for Essex. (Sometimes I think these should be in an archive.) >> Essex Manuscripts
Books featuring Steeple Bumpstead from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Steeple Bumpstead.
Search for Steeple Bumpstead census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
Church Street, Steeple Bumpstead
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
Web site for the Haverhill Family History Group has extracts from the parish registers and other information.
Foxearth and District Local History Society with 1851 census for Steeple Bumpstead.
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.
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.
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
Steeple Bumpstead - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. Throughout this site you will find many examples of postcards you can find on Ebay, some orginals, others digitally restored and enhanced. To go straight to the ebay pages this link is formatted for Essex Postcards.