Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire



Adjacent Parishes:  Gilston, Great Parndon (Essex), Hunsdon, Little Parndon (Essex), Much Hadham, Netteswell (Essex), Roydon (Essex), Widford

It is in Braughing Hundred and the Ware Union





The Rectory, Eastwick - Postcard by W. Lyon - Posted 1909

The living has been held since 1899 by the Rev. George Charles Augustus Rowley, of Trinity College, Cambridge. = Kelly's Directory 1908



Abbett William, esq
Chamberlayne Rev. John, M.A. [rector]
Archer John, farmer, Greenman farm
Brown Thomas, farmer, Eastwick Hall
Jarvis Martha (Mrs), grocer
Roe William, wheelwright
Warren James, Purdoe Arms

Eastwick is a parish, on the navigable river Stort, in Braughing hundred, Hertford county court district, Ware union and rural deanery, archdeaconry of St Albans, and diocese of Rochester, 25 miles from London, 1 from Burnt Mill station, and 4 miles south-west from Sawbridgeworth. The church of St Botolph is an ancient edifice, partly in the Norman style of architecture: it has a porch, aisles, transept, chancel, and square embattled tower containing 3 bells: in the chancel is buried Robert Lee, of Baguley, in Cheshire, who died in 1564. The living is a Rectory, value 204, with residence and 50 acres of grebe, in the gift of R.P. Ward Esq., and held by the Rev. John Chamberlayne, M.A., of Jesus College, Cambridge. The parish contains 810 acres, and in 1861 the population was 116. Letters received through Harlow, which is the nearest money order office.

Post Office Directory for Hertfordshire, 1866

In the Church of Eastwick, a little village about three miles from Stanstead, is an interesting tomb containing the figure of a man recumbent and cross-legged, in chain armour, with a gauntlet by his side. It is considered to be the tomb of a Knight Templar. There is also a gravestone in the chancel to the memory of Robert Lee, Esq., who died in 1564; the virtues of himself and his wife are recorded in a long inscription. This Church was rebuilt in 1873, and the ancient tower refaced, at a cost of 3,000, which has been handsomely defrayed by J. Hodgson, Esq., of Gilston Park. The woodwork is of oak; there is a new and beautiful reredos, a font of stone with red marble columns, and a handsome stone pulpit, and also a new organ. It is a very commodious Church, and will seat about 150 persons; it was reopened for divine worship June 19th, 1873. It is dedicated to St. Botolph, is in the Early English style, and has three bells. The living is of the annual value of 300, with 50 acres of glebe, in the gift of Mr. William Hodgson and Mr. John Hodgson. The Church Register dates from 1630. The Charities of the Parish are about 9 annual value. Population of Eastwick 104; number of acres, 810.

Guide to Hertfordshire, 1880


Postcard, circa 1905, by W. Lyon

EASTWICK had formerly the privilege of a market, and a three days' fair, granted by Henry the Third to Richard de Toni, to whom he had previously given the manor. In the Church is the effigies of a 'Knight Templar; and a mural monument for JOHN PLUMER, Esq. of Blakesware, and MARY, his wife, daughter of William Hale, Esq. of King's Walden: the former died in 1718/19, at the age of sixty-five; the latter in 1709.

Britton. The Beauties of England & Wales: Hertfordshire, 1807

Some modern pictures of Eastwick on Geograph

by John Salmon

by John Salmon

by John Salmon

The July 2010 issue of the Hertfordshire Countryside contains an article on the history of Eastwick Manor.

Web: See the Eastwich & Gilston parish site 

See also Vital Records

If you know of other books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.

Warning of another Eastwick: This postcard, posted in 1920, shows a public house and is titled "The Anchor Inn, Eastwick", published in the "S & W series". It was sold to me as being in Hertfordshire. However I could find no Hertfordshire reference to this public house, and no obvious alternative Eastwick town/village on Google or Google Maps.  Checking postcard for sale on ebay shows that the "S & W series" normally appeared on postcards of Surrey, one card having an identical back to the card of the Anchor Inn. The 1913 Kelly's Directory for Surrey shows there was an Eastwick Park at Great Bookham. This knowledge allowed me to find a picture of the Anchor at Bookham on Geograph which confirms the identity (and allows me to confirm that it is still open.)

The Anchor Inn, Eastwick

November 2009   New picture of church
July 2010   Reference to Herts COuntryside article