18 October 2010
Hello. I am currently researching my house (The Old Manor House, Church Street) and was wondering if you could help me or point me in the right direction. I am researching it for a university history assignment. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
19 October 2010
Thank you for your E mail. The Essex Record Office has a leaflet about researching house history so they would be the first port of call. Their archivists are extremely useful in giving advice.
Being a property of some note it might be mentioned in the various census returns from 1841 to 1911. The ERO has free access to Ancestry.
It might be a listed building, so check online.
Finally James Bettley in his 2007 update of 'The Buildings of England: Essex' describes the Old Manor house in Church Street as "early C19 gault brick three-bay to front at right angles to the street, the end wall brick with pedimented gable".
Happy researching. Do let me know please how you get on.