History of Toppesfield

Toppesfield © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
The Village Pump, Toppesfield, c.1960
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Toppesfield 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.

1801 Census

Unofficial census of the parish of Toppesfield in 1801 with names of heads of households

Poll of Voters 1847

Toppesfield inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

TOPPESFIELD, a pleasant retired village on a commanding eminence, 8 miles North West by North of Halstead, has in its parish 1073 >>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.

Kelly's Directory of Essex 1895

Kelly's Directory of Essex 1895 - list of inhabitants.

Toppesfield Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Toppesfield residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in Toppesfield

Reports and returns on schools and education in Toppesfield.

Agriculture in Toppesfield

Report on employment in agriculture in Toppesfield in 1867.

Toppesfield Poor

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

Images and Maps of Toppesfield

For images of Toppesfield see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of Toppesfield see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

Feature articles

Enter the Essex underworld: Toppesfield plagued by a Victorian burglar and robber.>>more

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My Toppesfield Ancestors

Are your ancestors from Toppesfield? Why not tell us their story: My Toppesfield Ancestors.

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St Margaret's Church, Toppesfield.
© Copyright Peter Stack contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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.

Search for Toppesfield 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

Search for Toppesfield census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

1841 Census | 1851 Census | 1861 Census | 1871 Census | 1881 Census | 1891 Census | 1901 Census | 1911 Census

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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 Toppesfield to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

Books featuring Toppesfield from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Toppesfield.

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 Toppesfield, such as: Toppesfield history.

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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.

On the Internet Archive is the book The register of baptisms, marriages and burials at St. Margaret's, Toppesfield Parish, Essex Co., England : 1559-1650, and some account of the parish (1905) and A sketch of Toppesfield Parish, Essex Co., England (1900)

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

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Essex Standard Newspaper

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

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Toppesfield - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Toppesfield - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

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