East Bergholt St. Mary the Virgin

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Fen Lane, East Bergholt ?1817 John Constable 1776-1837 Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), with additional assistance from Sir Edwin and Lady Manton and Tate Members in memory of Leslie Parris, Deputy Keeper British Collection and Senior Research Fellow Collections Division 1974-2000, and from the bequest of Alice Cooper Creed, 2002

Transcriptions from the parish registers of St Mary the Virgin, East Bergholt, held at SRO. They can also be searched for at FreeREG.

Headstones from this churchyard, and also from East Bergholt’s municipal cemetery, are included in the Gravestone Photographic Resource project.

Index of surnames in East Bergholt’s churchyard published 1901-02 in The East Anglian. Read online.

Memorials in the church were recorded in the early 1900s in The East Anglian in three parts: part one, part two, part three.

Memorials of John Constable’s family at St John’s, Highgate, published in 1910 in The East Anglian. Read online.


  • The earliest register hasn’t survived. Records begin in the 1650s.
  • Few baptisms in 1658, 1659, and 1660.
  • No burials from June 1658-March 1660/1.
  • Marriages begin in 1661.
  • Maiden names appear in baptisms and burials from 1785-1812.
  • In burials 1765-1782, the letter A or M is written beside each entry. It isn’t clear what this indicates, but might mean “adult” and “minor”. Some causes of death are given as well.
  • You’ll find the birth recorded for the artist John Constable amongst the baptisms, as well as many other records pertaining to his family in East Bergholt.
  • There are a lot of entries for people from north-east Essex in East Bergholt.





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