Old essex maps online
It rests upon the London clay, and is watered by the Stour, Colne, Chelmer, Crouch, Thames, Roding, and Lea; the surface, flat near the coast and the rivers, is undulating and sometimes hilly towards the NW.; the soil is generally fertile. Essex -- but you should check this covers the area you are interested in. On the coast are several marshy islands, such as Canvey, Foulness, Wallasea, Mersea, &c. Essex is one of the Metropolitan shires, or "Six Home Counties, " and took its name from the East Saxons. For parliamentary purposes it is divided into 8 divisions, viz., South-western or Walthamstow, Southern or Romford, Western or Epping, Northern or Saffron Walden, North-Eastern or Harwich, Eastern or Maldon, Mid or Chelmsford, and South-Eastern, 1 member for each division. For statistics about Essex itself, go to Units and Statistics. Essex comprises 19 hundreds, 1 liberty, and 413 pars., with parts of 3 others, the parl. The Barking fishing smacks carry on an active industry; and there are very productive oyster beds in the estuaries of the Crouch, the Blackwater, and the Colne.
Before Britain's population grew over the centuries and regional administration became more sophisticated, people often identified more with their local parish when considering where they came from.In some towns, street numbering may also have changed.