Place:Great Burstead, Essex, England

NameGreat Burstead
Alt namesBurghestedasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 102
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.604°N 0.417°E
Located inEssex, England
See alsoBillericay Rural, Essex, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Billericay, Essex, Englandurban district to which part of it was transferred in 1934
Basildon (district), Essex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Great Burstead (#8 on the map) is now an urban settlement in Essex, England, contiguous with the town of Billericay.

The parish was an ancient one and also covered Billericay. It was part of the Billericay Rural District from 1894 until 1934 and the Billericay Urban District from 1934 until 1955 when it was renamed Basildon Urban District. Great Burstead became part of the present-day Basildon District in 1974.

Originally Great Burstead was part of the Barstable Hundred, and in 1841 had a population of 884 spread over 3,620 acres (14.6 km2) of land.

Born in the area and later churchwarden at the local parish church of St Mary Magdalene was Christopher Martin (c. 1582-1621) who was one of the Pilgrims and a signer of the Mayflower Compact.

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