Alresford, Essex Genealogy

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Parish History

Alresford St Peter was an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

The village contains the ruins of an old Anglican church (St Peter's), built about 1300, by Anfred de Staunton, which burnt down in 1971, replaced by the 1975 Essex-barn style church of St Andrew's.

Ruins of St Peter's Church Alresford Essex.jpg

Alresford is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. It is located 9 km (6 miles) southeast of Colchester and is 39 km (24 miles) northeast from the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the district of Tendring and in the parliamentary constituency of North Essex.

Here is an 1848 historical perspective on this parish, by the topographer, Samuel A. Lewis:

"ALRESFORD (St. Peter), a parish, in the union and hundred of Tendring, N. division of Essex, 6½ miles (S. E. by E.) from Colchester; containing 289 inhabitants. The parish is bounded on the west by the river Colne, and takes its name, which is supposed to be a modification of Aldersford, from an ancient ford across that river: the lands are elevated, and the soil generally of a light sandy quality. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £8, and in the gift of Brasenose College, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £348, and there is a glebe of 30 acres. The church, a small edifice, with a spire of shingles, was, according to an inscription in the chancel written in Norman French, erected by Anfrid or Anfrey de Staunton.

From: Samuel A. Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 44-49. URL: Date accessed: 30 March 2011.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

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Online images are available Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office has parish registersm Bishop's transcripts monumental inscriptions and cremation records online for St Peter's church.

Census records

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Index for the Census may be searched at FamilySearch Historical Records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Tendring Poor Law Union, Essex

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Essex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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