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History of Tollesbury
Welcome to the home page for the History of Tollesbury 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.
Poll of Voters 1826
Tollesbury inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Poll of Voters 1847
Tollesbury inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
Tollesbury is a large fishing village, 8 miles East North East of Maldon, on the margin of the marshes, about >>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.
Tollesbury Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Tollesbury residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Tollesbury
Reports and returns on schools and education in Tollesbury.
Images and Maps
Images and maps of Tollesbury by Francis Frith.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Tollesbury became part of the Maldon Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
My Tollesbury Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Tollesbury? Why not tell us their story: My 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 Tollesbury from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Tollesbury.
Search for Tollesbury census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
History of Tollesbury Church.
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of SEAX and many of the parish registers are now available online. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
If you are unable to travel to the ERO, we provide a professional archival research service.
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.