Classes of documents in the Essex Record Office used

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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 9, the Borough of Colchester. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1994.

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The records are divided between the main office at Chelmsford and the branch office at Colchester. Most of the records relating to Colchester, other than official County Records, are held at Colchester.

County Council of Essex
C/DA Architect's Department
C/ME Education Committee Minutes
C/MPa Public Assistance Committee Minutes
C/T Title Deeds of Properties
C/TE School Deeds (some documents may no longer be available)
N/CME Education Committee Minutes
Deposited Records
D/AB Bishop of London, Commissary in Essex and Herts.
D/AC Archdeacon of Colchester
D/AL Bishop of London, Consistory Court
D/AZ Archdeacons, Miscellaneous Extracts and Indexes
D/B Borough Records
D/C Diocesan Records (many sub-classes, D/CC to D/CV)
D/D Estate and Family (many sub-classes, D/DA to D/DZ)
D/E Ruridecanal Records
D/F Business
D/NB Nonconformist, Baptists
D/NC Nonconformist, Congregationalists
D/NM Nonconformist, Methodists
D/P Parish Records
D/Q Charities
D/TX Essex Turnpikes Trust
D/Y 2 Morant Papers
D/Z Miscellaneous Archives
Education Records
E/ML School Log Books
E/P Plans of New Schools
E/S Subscription and Punishment Books, Salaries, Vouchers, etc.
Poor Law Guardians
G/Co Colchester Union
Petty Sessions
P/Co Colchester Division
Court of Quarter Sessions (Essex County)
Q/AB Bridges
Q/AG Gaols, Houses of Correction
Q/AM Minor Functions
Q/CR Clerk of the Peace, Parliamentary Returns
Q/RDc Enclosure Awards
Q/RP1 Land Tax Assessments
Q/RSm Freemasons
Q/RSr Charities
Q/RTh Hearth Tax Assessments
Q/RUm Public Undertakings, Plans of Schemes
Q/RUo Public Undertakings, Acts and Orders
Q/RUt Turnpike Trusts
Q/SB Sessions Bundles
Q/SMg Sessions Books
Q/SO Order Books
Q/SR Sessions Rolls
Sound Archive
T/A Originals in public repositories
T/B Originals in private custody
T/M Maps
T/P Material for parish histories
T/R Parish Registers
T/Z Miscellaneous


The Colchester borough muniments, most of which had been divided between the muniment room in Colchester castle, the public library, and the town hall, were deposited in the Colchester branch of the Essex Record Office from 1985. Those records already listed in mid 1993 are identified by their catalogue mark; those uncatalogued are described or identified by their accession number, for example, items in Acc. C1 are part of the accession which came from the castle muniment room, those in Acc. C3 came from the library, and those in Acc. C4 from the town hall. Where an accession is a large one, box numbers have been cited to aid retrieval.

The following are the main classes used:

D/B 5 Aa Chamberlain's accounts
D/B 5 Ab Chamberlain's Bills and Papers
D/B 5 Cb Court Books
D/B 5 Cr Court Rolls
D/B 5 Gb Assembly Books
D/B 5 R Entry Books
D/B 5 Sb Sessions Books
D/B 5 Sr Sessions Rolls

D/B 5 R1 and D/B 5 R2 were calendared by W. G. Benham as The Oath Book of Colchester and The Red Paper Book of Colchester.