History of Ongar (Chipping Ongar)
High Street, Ongar, 1923
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Ongar (Chipping Ongar) 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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Pigott's Directory of Essex 1823
Pigott's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.
Voters in 1836 South Essex Election
Chipping Ongar inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
ONGAR (CHIPPING) is a small and remarkably clean and neat market town, pleasantly situated betwixt and near the >>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.
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Chipping Ongar.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Ongar Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Chipping Ongar 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's one for Ongar.
Education in Chipping Ongar
Reports and returns on schools and education in Chipping Ongar.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Chipping Ongar became part of the Ongar Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Chipping Ongar
For images of Chipping Ongar see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Chipping Ongar see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
High Street, Ongar
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
More family and local history sources
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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 Chipping Ongar 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.
Excellent detailed information on the history of Chipping Ongar appears in the Victorian Counties History on the British History Online web site: Chipping Ongar, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956).
Brief archeological history of Chipping Ongar on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Community web site with some of the history of Ongar.
Parish registers of Ongar, Essex, 1558-1812 - transcribed in 1886. Download from the Internet Archive.
Detailed information on the Ongar Union Workhouse at nearby Stanford Rivers.
print published 1834