History of Chelmsford
High Street, Chelmsford, 1892
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Chelmsford 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.
For other locations in Essex use the 'Essex A to Z' in the navigation menu.
Poll of Voters 1826
Chelmsford inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
CHELMSFORD, the county town, is pleasantly situated near the centre of Essex, at the confluence of the rivers >>more (covers several pages and includes Springfield and Moulsham).
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants (covers several pages and includes Springfield and Moulsham).
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Chelmsford.
Chelmsford Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Chelmsford residents - ongoing project >>more.
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Here are some for Chelmsford.
Education in Chelmsford
Reports and returns on schools and education in Chelmsford.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Chelmsford became part of the Chelmsford Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Chelmsford
For images of Chelmsford see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Chelmsford see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
The story of the building of the Shire Hall with its courts and grand assembly room, plus a tragedy >> more
Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, Chelmsford. Became a Cathedral in 1914
© Copyright Julian P Guffogg 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 Chelmsford 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.
Brief archeological history of Chelmsford on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Web site of Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment Museums.
Web site of the Essex Police Musuem at Chelmsford.
Web site with the history of Chelmsford Workhouse.
Chelmsford from Springfield Hill
print published 1834