Great Bardfield in 1837
Great Bardfield is in the half hundred of Froshwell or Freshwell, on the south bank of the Pant or Blackwater, over which it has a strong brick bridge. In the south aisle of the church are some coats of mail, &c., said to have belonged to the Lumley family. The population, in 1831, was 1,029, about half of them agricultural. The market has been long given up.