Rochford of Rochford and Berden, 1140-1309

There are several places in England and France that gave their names to families called Rochford. One of these is the village (or town, as it is now) of Rochford near the south coast of Essex. The family who were lords of the manor in this village took their name from it, and made it their primary base. They appear to have been the progenitors of most other families in England called Rochford too.

In this article, I look at the history of this family.

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Rochford of Braintree and Bocking, 1386-1577

In the 1400s, there was a family of Rochfords connected with the town of Braintree in Essex. I have no idea where they originated from. One would guess they were cousins of the Rochfords of Rochford and Berden in Essex – a tremendously wealthy family who were in the area from at least the mid 1100s. But what little evidence I have found suggests that the Rochfords at Braintree may have been more closely related to the Rochfords of Fenne.

This article looks at the hazy history of these mysterious individuals.

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