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"RAYNHAM, a parish in the hundred of CHAFFORD, county of ESSEX, 3¼ miles (N. W. by N.) from Purfleet, containing 573 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £10. J. C. G. Grosse, Esq. was patron in 1826. The church, dedicated to St. Helen and St. Giles, has some Norman remains, particularly the arch between the nave and the chancel, and an enriched semicircular doorway. The parish is bounded on the west and south by extensive marshes and the Thames. The Rev. Lewis Bruce, D.D., in 1779, left £2. 10. per annum for teaching poor children to read." [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

  • Rainham was a member of the Chafford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Rainham was a member of the Romford Poor Law Union