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Birch (Great)

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“BIRCH (GREAT), a parish in the Colchester division of the hundred of LEXDEN, county of ESSEX, 5 miles (S. W.) from Colchester, containing, with the parish of Little Birch, 662 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £11, and in the patronage of the Bishop of London. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. Here is a small endowment for the education of poor children. The remains of Birch castle are conspicuous in the village.” [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

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Census

  • 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

  • Birch was a member of the Lexden Hundred

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