History of Great Dunmow (Dunmow)
Church Street, Great Dunmow, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Great Dunmow 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.
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.
Poll of Voters 1847
Great Dunmow inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
DUNMOW, (GREAT) a small ancient Market Town, which gives name to this Hundred, and to a Polling District, a Deanery, and a large Union >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1863
Post Office Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Great Dunmow.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Great Dunmow Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Great Dunmow residents - ongoing project >>more.
Places to visit
Easton Lodge Gardens: A beautiful, romantic and magical 23-acre garden. more >>
Great Dunmow Snippets
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 Great Dunmow.
Education in Great Dunmow
Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Dunmow.
Great Dunmow Poor
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Great Dunmow became part of the Great Dunmow Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Great Dunmow
For images of Great Dunmow see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Great Dunmow see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
St Mary's Church, Great Dunmow.
© Copyright John Salmon 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 Great Dunmow 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 Great Dunmow on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.
Web site on the history of Dunmow Workhouse.
Web site on the ancient custom of the Dunmow Flitch Trial and its history.
Essex Voices Past, a study of Great Dunmow from the churchwarden accounts which recorded the parish church's finances between 1526 and 1621. Transcription of many names.