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Great Canfield

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“CANFIELD (GREAT), a parish in the hundred of DUNMOW, county of ESSEX, 3 miles (S. W.) from Great Dumnow, containing 434 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Middlesex, diocese of London, rated in the king's books at endowed with £600 parliamentary grant, and in patronage of J. M. Wilson, Esq. Here are the keemount and intrenchments of a castle, from which this Place was anciently called Canfield ad Castrum, or Castle- Canfield.” [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 Canfield was a member of the Dunmow Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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