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Great Bardfield

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“BARDFIELD (GREAT), a parish in the hundred of FRESHWELL, county of ESSEX, 4½ miles (E. by S.) from Thaxted, containing 887 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £11 and in the patronage of Sir C. M. Burrell Bart. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The navigable river Blackwater runs through the parish. In 1584, William Benlows bequeathed property, producing about £30 per annum, for the education of children and other charitable purposes, to which sundry other endowments have since been added. Petty sessions for the hundred are held here every Thursday.” [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



  • 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

  • Great Bardfield was a member of the Freshwell Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Great Bardfield was a member of the Dunmow Poor Law Union