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Galleries: Stansted Mountfichet, Essex

I visited Stanstead Mountfichet as part of my research for a commission to produce a family history book. I was able to take that family back as far as Stanstead in the early 18th century with certainty, and to obtain indications that could go back to the 17th.

Stanstead means stony place in Saxon. Originally known just as Stanstead it gained the second part of its name from Sir Richard de Mountfichet, who held lands there and was one of the principal movers in forcing King John to sign the Magna Carta. You can see this commemorated on the village sign. Also of interest to this client was the nearby Birchanger area where her ancestors had lived. Birchanger takes its name from the birch wood that tops the little hill, hangar being the Saxon word for hill.