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Chelmsford Is pleasantly situated in a valley, at the confluence of the Chelmer and the Cam, the gardens of the inhabitants on each side of the town extending to these rivers. Here are some good public buildings, and a fountain, or conduit, of excellent water; and the assizes and quarterly sessions for the county are held here. The great eastern road from London formerly passed through it, and the railroad now going by it at a short distance, has nearly doubled the size of the town. It is 29 miles from London. Market for corn, cattle and provisions, Friday. Population, 6789. [Barclays Complete & Universal English Dictionary, 1842-1852]

“CHELMSFORD, a market-town and parish in the hundred of CHELMSFORD, county of ESSEX, of which it is the chief town, 29 miles (N. E. by E.) from London, on the road to Yarmouth, containing, with the hamlet of Moulsham, 4994 inhabitants. .............. [More] ” [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

Chelmer Village - a place within this parish



  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex

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Historical Geography

  • Chelmsford was a member of the Chelmsford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Chelmsford was a member of the Chelmsford Poor Law Union