South Weald, Essex

Historical Description

Weald, South, a large parish in Essex, 5 miles NE from Romford, and 2 W from Brentwood station on the G.E.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Brentwood. Acreage, 4603 of land and 26 of water; population, 5013; of the ecclesiastical parish of South Weald, 1615. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. The manor, with most of the land and Weald Hall, belongs to the Tower family. Weald Hall, which stands in a well-timbered deer park, was the residence of Chief-Justice Sir Anthony Brown, the founder of the Brentwood Grammar School and South Weald Almshouses, and is an ancient mansion, containing some fine tapestry, many valuable paintings, and a fine collection of china. The Essex Lunatic Asylum, in the Tudor style, with accommodation for about 800 patients, a school-house and ten almshouses in Tudor style, built in 1856, and a Belvedere tower near the church are prominent objects. There are a chalybeate spring and traces of an ancient camp. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £223 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St Albans. The church, which was restored in 1868 at a cost of £8000, is a building of flint and stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, with Norman door and Early English piers and arches, consisting of chancel with vestry, nave, S aisle, and a massive embattled western tower. St Paul's, Bentley, a chapel of ease to the parish church, was erected in 1883, and is a building of flint and stone in the Early English style. The ecclesiastical district of Christ Church, Warley, has been formed out of South Weald, Shenfield, and Great Warley. The vicarage of Brentwood is a separate benefice. See BRENTWOOD.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Administration

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Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish South Weald St. Peter
Hundred Chafford
Poor Law union Billericay

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