Plaistow (St Mary), Essex

Plaistow (St Mary)

Plaistow (St Mary), Essex


St Mary, Plaistow is an Ecclesiastical Parish created in 1844 from the south eastern portion of the Ancient Parish of West Ham and is located in the south western corner of Essex.

Plaistow is approximately six miles north east of The Tower of London. The City of Chelmsford, the county town of Essex is approximately twenty seven miles to the north east, along the line of the London to Colchester Roman Road. The ancient parish and market town of Barking is three miles to the east and the market town of Romford about nine miles to the east north east.

Parish Church

The Parish (CofE) Church is St Mary, Plaistow. The original Victorian building was demolished in 1967 (per Wikipedia) and replaced by a smaller building which can be seen here on in Streetview on Google Maps.

Parish Registers

Essex Archives shows a holding of twenty-seven Registers of Baptism (1830 - 1968), thirty-one Marriage Registers (1845 - 2009) and three Burial Registers (1830 - 1872). For additional detail see https://www.essexarchivesonline.co.uk/ParishRegisters.aspx?selAlphabet=P&selParish=3007&selChurch=10292 (accessed 27 May 2022). Marriages prior to 1845 would have been conducted at the Parish Church of All Saints, West Ham.

Adjacent (Pre 1832) Parishes

As noted above, the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary, Plaistow was not create until 1844. Prior to that time the locality was part of the Ancient Parish of West Ham. To the east of West Ham was East Ham. The River Thames formed its southern boundary, with Woolwich (St Mary), Kent, Charlton next Woolwich, Kent and Greenwich, Kent on the opposite bank of the river. To the west, across the River Lee was Bromley, Middlesex more commonly known as Bromley-by-Bow, Stratford Bow St Mary, Middlesex and Hackney, Middlesex. To the north are the Essex parishes of Leyton and Wanstead.

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