Cunning Murrell Bibliography


  • Cunning Murrell: A Study of a 19th Century Cunning Man in Hadleigh, Essex by Eric Maple in Folklore Vol. 71, March 1960
  • A Witch Hunter in Modern Essex  by Eric Maple in Essex Countryside, Vol. 9 No. 53, June 1961, p. 324
  • A History of the Rochford Hundred by Philip Benton
  • Cunning Murrell  by Arthur Morrison – a novel published by Methuen & Co., 1900
  • A Wizard of Yesterday  by Arthur Morrison in Strand Magazine, July-December 1900, Vol. XX, pp. 431-442
  • Medical Services in our Countryside by J.A.Burrows in Transactions of Southend on Sea History Society, Vol. 3 No. 4, 1939
  • The Ancient History of Thundersley by Rev. E.A. Maley, printed by Washburn & Sons
  • Essex, its Forest Folk & Folklore by Mrs C.C. Mason, 1928, pp.63-66

A website dealing with Cunning Murrell in some detail is (Scroll down and click on ‘Witch Lore of the Past’, then scroll down and click on ‘James Murrell and his family and ancestors’.) It contains some interesting and, apparently, on-going research using most of the above as well as censuses, birth, marriage and death certificates and parish registers.


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  • Hello, I am a member of St Peter’s Church and I am starting a project to create an archive of the church’s history. Is it possible to get a copy of the book by Rev. Maley. If you have a copy it will be returned. I am just going to scan it in. Many thanks, Jon

    By jon stamp (20/04/2013)
  • My Mother has a copy of The Ancient Parish of Thundersley soft cover 79 pages. Shame some pages are missing. Is it the Rev Maley book but slightly different title? Printed by Washburn of Southend.

    { Ed: we believe there is also a 112 page book of this or a similar name.} 

    By Kenneth Robbins (29/01/2013)

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