Berden, Berdon, or Beardon, Essex

Historical Description

Berden, Berdon, or Beardon, a village and a parish in Essex. The nearest stations are Newport and Stanstead, each 6 miles distant. The parish has a post office under Bishop-Stortford; money order office, Clavering; telegraph office, Quendon. Acreage, 1800; population, 336. AsmallAugus-tinian priory was founded here in the reign of Henry III., was given at the dissolution to Henry Parker, and passed to the hospitals of Christ Church, Bridewell, and St Thomas. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross yearly value, £180 with residence, including an allowance of £30 from Queen Anne's Bounty. Patron, Christ's Hospital. The church is an ancient building of flint in the Decorated style. The Rev. Joseph Medo, author of the " Clavis Apoca-lyptica," was a native.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish Berdon St. Nicholas
Hundred Clavering
Poor Law union Bishop-Stortford

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