History of Brightlingsea
Sailing Barges, Brightlingsea, 1907
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Brightlingsea and its inhabitants.
Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.
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Poll of Voters 1826
Brightlingsea inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Poll of Voters 1847
Brightlingsea inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
BRIGHTLINGSEA, a considerable fishing village on the eastern side of the estuary of the river Colne, 10 miles South East by South of >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1863
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Brightlingsea Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Brightlingsea residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Brightlingsea
Reports and returns on schools and education in Brightlingsea.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Brightlingsea became part of the Lexdon and Winstree Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Brightlingsea
For images of Brightlingsea see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Brightlingsea see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, contains unique memorials to parishioners who have lost their lives at sea - 213 memorial tiles, to be exact. >>more
'Jacobes', Brightlingsea. First recorded in 1315 it has a rare c.16 polygonal brick stair-turret.
© Copyright Robert Edwards contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
More family and local history sources
New to researching your family tree or unsure where to find information? Take a look at our Your Ancestors section of the website. It contains tips, advice, links to resources, and stories.
Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
Ancestry.co.uk have now transcribed the entire collection of Essex parish registers. Search now on Ancestry for your Essex ancestors. Then on the results page click on ‘request image’ and you will be taken to the ERO website where you can purchase an image of the relevant page.
Visit our Parish Registers of Essex page for more information.
Find census returns for this location at Ancestry.co.uk.
Find census returns for this location at Findmypast.co.uk.
All types of objects relating to family history are sold on Ebay. Photographs, copies of Wills, house conveyancing, bills of sale, and much, much more. See our article Essex Ancestors on eBay
If you're looking for pictures of Brightlingsea to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of Essex Archives Online which includes parish registers. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
Also try FreeReg: a database of parish registers transcribed by volunteers. The Essex coverage is increasing each day.
Index and photographs of gravestones in All Saint's Church, Brightlingsea
Brightlingsea is one of the Cinque Ports, apart from Town Guide above, additional information appears on the Cinque Port Liberty.