History of West Horndon

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Thorndon Hall .c1724.
Image from 'Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland' courtesy of the British Library on Flickr. NKCR

Welcome to the home page for the History of West Horndon 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.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

HORNDON (WEST) is a church less parish, from 2 to 3 miles South East of Brentwood, containing only 60 inhabitants and >>more.

Directories of Essex 1848, 1863 and 1874

Directories of Essex 1848, 1863 and 1874 - list of inhabitants.

West Horndon Criminal Cases

Court cases involving West Horndon residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in West Horndon

Reports and returns on schools and education in West Horndon.

West Horndon Poor

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

Images and Maps of West Horndon

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

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

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My West Horndon Ancestors

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

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

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

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 West Horndon, such as: West Horndon 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.

Essex1841.com transcript of 1841 census

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

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

West Horndon - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

West Horndon - 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

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of 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 Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.