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 A History Of The People In An Essex Village




Village History
Manor Houses
Inns & Taverns
Church & Vestry
The Poor
Law & Order
Land Owners
Ardleigh Folk



Ardleigh Database
(last updated November 2008)

1796 Census
1811 Census
1821 Census
Trade Directories
Roll of Honour
Wills & Probate
Map Keys


Ardleigh Maps
New Photos
Old Photos

Welcome to Ardleigh's Past 

Ardleigh (Ergela) comes from two old English words - Ard meaning High and Ley meaning Pasture. Ardleigh is one of the largest parishes in Tendring Hundred, in the northern division in Essex, England. The village lays four and half miles north of Colchester and about four and half miles from Manningtree, Essex.

About the Site

Ardleigh's Past started out purely as a site of genealogical data for family historians whose ancestors were Ardleigh's residents. Due to the unexpected interested in other aspects of information about the village I have been adding more topics. Information currently covers 1086 onwards but in the main parish records cover 1555 up to 1908 to ensure the privacy of those who may be living. I am not a professional researcher and I do not financially gain in anyway. I collect this information for local historical interest and genealogical interest. Accuracy is of importance but please use the information as a guide for your research and where possible examine the primary source.

Working Process

I am in the process of creating a comprehensive database on as many of Ardleigh residents previous to 1908. It is far from complete but I have put the research dates covered on the first page of the database and any additions will be noted as the database is updated gradually.  I have thousands of parish entries to add and thousands to transcribe so it will take some time to complete. Please contact me if you are looking for a certain person or entry and if I have the details not yet added then I am more than happy to send you details. Please may I stress that I cannot send data on whole family trees or look up non-specific research but will do my best to help. 


I would like at this point to take the opportunity to thank everyone (all over the world) for their contributions, support and enthusiasm for the site.  Melanie 

Created on 26 Dec 2002        Last Updated: 19 November 2008

All original materials and design Copyright 2003-2008 Melanie Watts

Please contact me if you would like details of data sources. Material submitted will display the name of those who have contributed the information.


What's New!

*New Ardleigh Database*

Photos of the village 

Your Help
Do you have any stories or documents you would like to share? Do you have any old photos of Ardleigh: Houses, groups or clubs ?

 If so I would love to hear from you, please contact me: Melanie


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