for the Village of Great
A miscellany of pictures and
data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all
linked to them). This
is a work in progress so
please treat the data with appropriate caution.
For related information see www.the-kirbys.org.uk
, Ancestor List
and Wills Index
Location and general
A village in North Essex. The village has taken as its emblem one of
the local specialities, the
Bardfield Oxlip (Primula elatior
). This plant at
became the centre of intense debate amongst botanists and so put
Bardfield on the map.
The village has many fine architectural details. One of the most
interesting being the Pargeting, or patterned decoration
walls. Many further examples can be found in other local
such as Stebbing,
Church of St Mary the Virgin
This parish church
is, like many others in this area, set on the
outskirts of the village. It has been suggested that this is partly due
to the strong local history of non-conformism, with
places of worship springing up some way from the parish church
and the village centre then migrating nearer to them.
Friend's Meeting House
The village has a
neat Friend's Meeting house. The adjacent burial
ground contains the graves of members of the local landowning families
of SMITH and
HICKS (by far the majority are SMITH).
The HICKS family
It looks likely that my HICKS ancestors descended from a
Quaker, George HICKS (1764-1839). There are several HICKS grave
markers, all probaly relating to this family, in the Burial Ground
adjacent to the Friend's Meeting house (which is behind a locked gate
so only accessible when there is somebody at the Meeting House).
||Left: George HICKS (born 1764 in Saling,
Essex), inscribed 'GEORGE
HICKS DIED 11th MONTH, 11, 1839 AGED 75 YEARS'
Right: George HICKS (probably the son, born in 1793, of the
above George HICKS ), inscribed 'GEORGE
HICKS DIED 3th MONTH, [11?], 18[00?] AGED 7 YEARS'
||Left: Henry SMITH (no known relation), inscribed ''HENRY SMITH DIED 11th
MONTH, 28th, 1864 AGED60 YEARS ELIZABETH ANN SMITH DIED 12th MONTH 31st
18[87?] AGED 7[4?] YEARS'.
Right: Henry HICKS (1796-1818) another son of the above George HICKS,
inscribed 'HENRY HICKS
DIED 4th MONTH, 27, 1818 AGED 22 YEARS'
||Middle: Probably John HICKS of Great Bardfield
(1779-1854), brother of the above George HICKS, as he appears to have
been the only Quaker John HICKS to attend that meeting in about the era
of these stones. Surface badly spalled, all that survives of the
inscription is 'HN HIC'
at the extreme top.
The entry for Great Bardfield in the 1848 White's Directory of Essex
lists one John HICKS, gentleman.
The 1841 Census for Great Bardfield gives christian names for only the
first listed member of a family. For example :-
A selection of links to other sites with information about
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