History of Sewardstone

Welcome to the home page for the History of Sewardstone 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 'Places A to Z' in the navigation menu.

White's Directory of Essex 1848 and 1863

For details of history and inhabitants, see entry for Waltham Abbey.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Education in Sewardstone

See Waltham Abbey for reports and returns on schools and education in Sewardstone.

Sewardstone Poor

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

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My Sewardstone Ancestors

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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 Sewardstone from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Sewardstone.

Search for Sewardstone 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

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.

1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site ().

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Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

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Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


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 .