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Little Bardfield

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“BARDFIELD (LITTLE), a parish in the hundred of FRESHWELL, county of ESSEX, 3 miles (E.) from Thaxted, containing 308 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 heir male of the Rev. T. Bernard. The church is dedicated to St. Catharine. A school was endowed by Sarah Bernard, in 1774, for eighteen poor children, to be taught by a widow; there is also an almshouse for poor widows.” [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

  • Little Bardfield was a member of the Freshwell Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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