History of Harwich
The Quayside, Harwich, c.1954
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Welcome to the home page for the History of Harwich 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 1826
Harwich inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Poll of Voters 1847
Harwich inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
Harwich is an ancient borough, market town, seaport and bathing-place, locally situated at the north east extremity 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.
Description of Harwich 1863
The Pleasure-seeker's guide to Harwich in 1863.
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Harwich.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Harwich Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Harwich residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Harwich
Reports and returns on schools and education in Harwich.
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 Harwich.
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Harwich became part of the Tendring Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
Images and Maps of Harwich
Images of Harwich and Dovercourt contributed by a History House reader.
For images of Harwich see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Harwich see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
Church Street, Harwich
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
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 Harwich 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 Harwich on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex
print published 1834